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Club chairman John Ryan introducing the team at the Cratloe GAA Victory dinner in The Radisson hotel. Photograph by John Kelly.

A gala occasion for Cratloe GAA

By Seamus Hayes

The most successful year in the history of Cratloe GAA was celebrated by a sell out attendance at the Ryan Suite in the Radisson Blu hotel on Friday night.

Tickets for the victory social were sold out two weeks ago as members and supporters of the club all wanted to be in attendance to celebrate the Clare senior football (Jack Daly cup) and hurling (Canon Hamilton trophy) championship titles as well as their  inaugural success in the Clare Champion cup (senior hurling league), the winning of the division 3 senior football league and the junior B football championship titles.

 

John and Siobhan O Gorman at the Cratloe GAA Victory dinner in The Radisson hotel. Photograph by John Kelly.
John and Siobhan O Gorman at the Cratloe GAA Victory dinner in The Radisson hotel.
Photograph by John Kelly.

All star award winner Sean McMahon from St. Josephs, Clare’s All-Ireland winning centre back in 1995 and 1997, was in attendance to present the medals to all involved.

He joined with Munster Council chairman Robert Frost and Clare GAA chairman Michael McDonagh in congratulating all involved on their achievements during 2014.

Cratloe parish priest Fr. Liam Enright who is the club president also addressed the gathering.

The presentation ceremony was rolled into two elements with the football presentation taking place first followed by the hurling presentation. Football manager Colm Collins introduced the football medal winners and hurling manager Joe McGrath did likewise for the hurlers.

The club chairman told all present that it was an outstanding year and paid tribute to all involved. “Our fitness levels were very high and the regular matches at weekends helped our fitness. A Munster club would be the next step and this group are certainly capable of that but a lot of things need to fall

into place in any given year”. He went on to wish “both county teams success” in the year ahead.

Getting a lift...Football captain Michael Hawes and Hurling captain Liam Markham are watched by their partners Chloe Neylon, and Bernadette Crowe during a photocall at the Cratloe GAA Victory dinner in The Radisson hotel. Photograph by John Kelly.
Getting a lift…Football captain Michael Hawes and Hurling captain Liam Markham are watched by their partners Chloe Neylon, and Bernadette Crowe during a photocall at the Cratloe GAA Victory dinner in The Radisson hotel. Photograph by John Kelly.

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