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Junior Championship 1993 - 25th Anniversary Celebration

posted 26 Oct 2018, 02:15 by Matthew Ryan

Garrycastle won the club’s second Junior championship title in 1993, defeating Ballinagore after a replay in Pairc Chiarain. The panel of players recently got together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that famous win. The day began with a game of golf in Mount Temple, after which everyone adjourned to the Dog & Duck in Ballykeeran, where the 1993 victory had been celebrated. Dan’s Tavern, which opened its doors in 1994, was the next port of call where the players, wives and partners were joined by several other club enthusiasts. Old friendships were renewed and incidents on and off the field were recalled over the next few hours. Players had travelled from counties such as Wicklow, Sligo, Kildare and several parts of Roscommon. Donal Ryan journeyed all the way from Durban, South Africa and then decided he may as well hang around for his brother Ciaran’s wedding the following weekend.


The occasion was not without a touch of sadness as the players remembered their great friend and colleague Alan Reidy whose untimely death took place in May 2017. Apart from his consistently excellent performances as goalkeeper, Alan assisted the club in many other ways and was one of the most popular members of the team. The club was delighted to welcome Alan’s wife Marguerite, who had travelled from Cork and her daughter Amy who travelled from London, along with other family members. The Alan Reidy Perpetual Trophy, kindly sponsored by Dunnes Stores, was presented to the winning golf team (Redmond Murphy, Michael Gantley and Enda Nugent) by Club chairman Mick Mannion, who also presented a special memento and a framed photograph of the 1993 team to Marguerite Reidy. Marguerite’s daughter Amy thanked the club for the invitation and for the presentations. Other speakers on the night were team captain Redmond Murphy, team manager Michael Lydon, the 1993 chairman Michael Gantley and 1993 secretary Dermot Ryan.  The celebrations continued well into the night with everyone vowing not to wait another 25 years for the next get-together.


For the record, the 1993 team was: Alan Reidy, David Dalton, Martin Jameson, Michael Mulvihill, Joe Dunning, Redmond Murphy (captain), Ollie Nicholson, Ciaran Ryan, Garry Sammon, Jamie Murtagh, Stephen O’Reilly, Donal Ryan, Rowan Mulvihill, Mick Brennan, Fergal Nugent, Subs: Jim McHugh, Paddy Redmond, Mick Mannion, Anthony Fox, Gerry Duignan, Padraig O’Connor, Richie Murray, Diarmuid O’Cluaid, Mickey McCormack, Shane Kenny, Don Kiernan, Donal O’Leary.