Cloyne Victory Dinner Dance

10 February, 2009

The annual club dinner dance became a victory one on Saturday evening last at Garryvoe Hotel when a ‘full house’ of players, officials, and supporters gathered to honour the 2008 East Cork Junior Football victors and to entertain the former Cloyne players on the 50th anniversary of their great East Cork hurling victory over Cobh in 1958. It was very gratifying to see many former teammates renewing old and precious memories.

The club secretary, Seán Motherway, welcomed members, supporters, and specially invited guests to the festivities. Before the meal began, the attendance was addressed by club chairman, Diarmaid Falvey, and by East Cork GAA secretary, Liam Ó Rinn. The chairman in his speech noted the unavoidable absence of Cloyneman Jerry O’Sullivan, the newly-elected Cork County Board chairman, who was attending the GAA anniversary celebrations at Croke Park. An tUas Ó Rinn heartily congratulated the Cloyne footballers on their Grade A victory and paid tribute to the team of 1958. Donal Canon O’Mahony said Grace, before the gathering was served a lovely meal by the accommodating dining staff of Garryvoe Hotel.

The presentations took place after coffee. The footballers, led by their captain, Mike Naughton, received their championship medals from Liam Ó Rinn. Members of the 1958 side were presented by Diarmaid Falvey with inscribed photographs of that famous Cloyne team, while families and relatives of those who were deceased accepted on their behalf. Eamon O’Driscoll spoke on behalf of his former teammates, while a touching E-mail from Seamus Daly in the US made a great impression.

For their efforts in the playing side of the club, the two ‘unsung heroes’ Kevin O’Lomasney and James Cotter, each received a presentation. The services of former long-serving club secretary, Donie Cahill, were outlined by the chairman and added to by Liam Ó Rinn. Donie was presented with a piece of Galway Crystal, while his wife, Therese, the club’s paramedic of long standing, received flowers. The chairman also paid tribute to his immediate club predecessor, An tUas Pádraig Ó Suilleabháin and to the football selectors John O’Lomasney, Donie Cahill, and Neil Reilly. Congratulations were extended to Jerome O’Brien, former assistant club treasurer, on his election to the GPC of the East Cork Board. A lively music session was provided by Mo O’Connor and Band, while the Cloyne Scór Sinnsir music group greeted the guests at the foyer. Bhí an-oíche ag cách!