St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 0877441731

The Delany family from Corballis were the guests of honour at the presentation of medals to our U15 and double winning minor boys teams last Friday.A very enjoyable night was MC’d splendidly by John Weir and a host of awards  handed out and memories of a great 2019 rekindled as the large crowd on the night were treated to a great night out in the long hard month of January.

Our U15 boys were first up to receive their medals as the “Quiet Man” Paddy Gillick spoke eloquently and passionately about this fine group of players and we hope that all will go on to wear the blue and navy of their adult teams in years to come.  A short video interlude set the scene for the minor league and Championship winners to the backdrop commentary of the legend that is Larry McEntee that brought the crowd to laughter.

The highlight of the evening of was the presentation of the Delany Cup by the family to our captains Cian Flynn and David Bell.  First presented in 1956 the Delany Cup is the one of the most iconic and beautiful trophies around and there was not a dry eye in the house as son Niall Delany presented the Cup to Cian and David.  Grandson Alan addressed the crowd and spoke of their pride at being associated with the competition and their joy at seeing the cup return to the East Coast for the 4th time.  Here’s hoping that it will be a frequent visitor.

Mark Whearty and Jack Reynolds presented the league and championship medals and a replica jersey was signed for framing with jerseys of all our championship winning teams to hang proudly in Piltown

However, that was not the end of the awards as the “serious” ones were yet to be presented.  At the risk of forgetting some congrats to

  • Endy “Enda” Echicoya …. Best Dancer
  • The Lynx Award for best personal hygiene ….. Ciaran “No Socks” White
  • The Best Trainer ….. Tadhg Bennet
  • The Biggest Moaner ….. Adam Daly
  • The Least Likely to Score award …. Conor Power
  • The Players Player of the year …. David Bell

There were more of course but the passage of time and communications policy dictates that we cannot disclose these

The night finished with the presentation of bouquets to the long suffering wives of the management team and to our Sponsor Osborne Recruitment

And so 2019 was brought a close and 2020 comes into sight.  We thank everyone for their wonderful efforts in the year just passed and look forward to following the progress of these young men in the years ahead.  To everyone associated with our u15 and minor teams we say a huge thank you for the role you played, no matter how small or how big.  Each of you contributed to a great year

Best of luck to all our teams in 2020

Words: Keith Loughman

Photos: Ray Finlay