Leitrim GAA Supporters Club (Dublin Branch) Launch 2016
Last night in the magnificent surrounds of the Celtic Suite, Croke Park, two hundred Leitrim people converged for the Dublin launch of the annual Leitrim GAA Supporters Club 2016. It was, yet again, a great gathering of Leitrim people from Dublin and beyond and a large number who travelled up for night from their Leitrim homes.
Chairman of the Dublin Branch, Mike Feeney, welcomed all to the event and looked forward to a successful year for Leitrim. He invited Joe Layden to address the crowd during which he gave many insightful ideas as to what Leitrim must do in order to progress and be competitive in an ever increasing competitive world.
Cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae Liatroma, Terence Boyle, was next to speak and his announcement that the first county training session on the Centre of Excellence would take place on Friday January 22nd was met with great approval. In a far reaching address, Senior and Under 21 Manager, Shane Ward gave a detailed account of progress to date and realistic hopes for the future as we continue to build on and invest in youth.
Following the break in proceedings, MC Colin Regan interviewed Special Guest Dessie Dolan Junior, who regaled the crowd with his experiences of a lifetime given to football from his back garden to the hallowed ground of Croke Park. It was most insightful and informative.
Special Guest Ben Lennon was next to be interviewed by Colin and what a gem of an experience this proved to be as Ben recounted a flavour of a lifetime of experiences from growing up in his native Kiltyclogher, before finishing off the night with a selection of beautiful tunes on the fiddle, accompanied by Maeve Ni Lochlainn, MartinÓgaffney and John McCartin.
Overall it was a hugely successful occasion, excellently organised by the Dublin based committee. As the crowd dispersed, approaching 10.30pm, one could not help but sense the enthusiasm for the year ahead. Some photographs from the occasion are available here.
22-Jan-16 by Declan Bohan – PRO