St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 089-4440124

There was glorious sun and football in Piltown on Saturday as the 2008 Boys tournament came to a conclusion before an excited crowd.

Playing for the John McCloskey Perpetual Cup and Shield, four 2008 teams did battle for the right to be crowned the inaugural winners.  After a proverbial feast of football, it was the “Tyrone” team who claimed the Cup beating “Kerry” with  “Meath” making off with the shield defeating old foes “Louth”.  The games started with a parade of teams to the Sunday Game theme tune, an excellently observed Amhran na bFhiann and the roar of “C’mon Donegal” from Mark Gallagher.  Meanwhile everyone looked around wondering had a 5th team gate-crashed the event as the Covid Officers frantically checked their questionnaires.

The brainchild of the Football Development Committee, the tournament is aimed at maximising playing opportunities and development and similar events will be held across age groups during the year.  The trophy honours John McCloskey, Leinster Minor Championship winner and All Ireland Minor Finalist from 1977.  John is father of team coach and Cilles stalwart, Gary McCloskey and Grandfather of the 2008 player, Matthew.

We were honoured to have John on site to present the cup and medals and our sincerest thanks to John and all his family for supporting this event and allowing us to honour him in this way.

Special thanks too to team sponsor, Shane Black Property Advisers for all their support of the team and to Walsh Gibbons, Accountants and Auditors who kindly sponsored the refreshments and goodies which were greatly received by players and parents alike.

Report: Keith Loughman

Photography: Brian Mulligan