KILMEENA GAA CLUB: 125 CELEBRATIONS.
As part of a series of activities to celebrate its 125th Anniversary, Club personnel paid a visit to the three schools in the Parish on Friday 5th April. The Club Chairman Willie Keaveney, Martin McIntyre as photographer and contributor, and Walter Cox representing the 125 Committee, were joined by some older Club members. The latter shared their experiences of their involvement with the Club and with the GAA in London. There was a lovely engagement between the pupils and speakers. The question and answer sessions elicited details of what it was like in the Club in by gone days, covering the sporting and social activities. I’m sure these youngsters were surprised with the contrasts with the present day and benefited greatly from the exchanges.
The Club is deeply indebted to the following people for sharing their experiences with the younger generation. Austin Gibbons, Vincent Reilly and Padraig Golden talked to the pupils of Carrowholly N. S. Tony Walsh, Pat Carney, Paddy and Willie Quinn entertained the pupils of Fahy N. S. Paddy O’Grady, John Moran, Paddy Keane and Liam Garavan visited St. Brendan’s N. S.
The Chairman thanked the staff of each School, and in particular the three Principals (Maura McNally, Fahy, Michael Carney, St. Brendan’s and Peter Carney, Carrowholly) for accommodating the visits and affording us a warm welcome. He outlined the benefits of playing games and encouraged boys and girls to become involved in the Club. He presented each school with a copy of the Centenary History of the Club, a "MOORE" football signed by the Mayo Senior Panel, a plaque recognising each school’s participation in the Logo competition and a framed copy of the Club’s 125 Logo. In St. Brendan’s N. S. he presented Jaimee Geraghty, who designed the winning Logo, with her own framed copy. Her proud parents, Anne and Seamus and sister Ciara, were present for a special photograph. Well done Jaimee!
The 125 Committee is now leaving no stone unturned to ensure that our next function – a Presentation and Social evening on May 4th – is a memorable occasion for the older members of the Club.
Report by Walter Cox.