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

The 19th staging of our U10 ‘Festival of Football’ kicked off a very busy weekend showcasing the famous Cilles volunteers and all that is special about the GAA. This culminated in our family day and Ladies Intermediate Championship on Sunday 23rd September… 

Participants at the U10 festival came from Donegal, Kildare, Down, Monaghan, Louth and all over Meath to join our celebrations. Memories were made, friendships strengthened and everyone had a ball literally. On the field, everyone was a winner with all clubs taking part in a final and everyone receiving their medals at the end. The boys of Glenswilly, An Riocht, Celbridge and St Colmcilles might have ‘won’ their particular finals but really the games and the Clubs were the real winners.

Preparations continued late into Friday night as a light frost descended. A 7:30am on Saturday morning the blitz preparations were finalised to ensure everything was ready for the 9:30am start. It was just as well it started early as we tested the ‘how many adults does it take to assemble a gazebo’ question …. never enough it seems is the answer. Umpires, linesmen, photographers, refs, BBQ chefs, carpark operators, kitchen operatives and announcers, who would have thought that the 2008 parents were such a talented bunch? Talented they are indeed but volunteers and family they are first and foremost … ask not what your club can do for you, ask what you can do for your club was the mantra. There can be no doubt that the future of St Colmcilles is in fine hands.

The event finished up somewhere around 4pm…. the clean up around 6pm (ish) but all the time the machine was like clockwork. Led by The Man himself – Minor Committee Chairman Mark Gallagher, nothing was left to chance. No stone was left unturned. No eventuality not boxed off. You can keep your Precision Swiss Clocks … we have Mark to run the show. As our county players presented medals to every single participant many young boys would go to sleep that night dreaming of one day also wearing green and gold or Cilles Blue in the new Cathedral that will be Pairc Tailteann. But on 22nd September Piltown was the Field of Dreams.

To all our volunteers we salute and thank you all. We are indebted to you! To our visitor friends Glenswilly, Celbridge, Sarsfields, An Riocht, St Fechins, Glen Emmet’s, Tyholland, Geraldines, Navan O’Mahonys, St Ultan’s Cortown Gaels and Duleek Bellewstown we thank you all for sharing the day with us!  The 20th anniversary promises to be a great bash. We can’t wait!!!

Words: Keith Loughman

Photographs: Brian Mulligan