Tipperary and Waterford senior hurling stars dropped into two end of summer gaelic games skills camps in Carrick-on-Suir to give some words of encouragement to their young participants.
Lar Corbett, Declan Fanning and Eoin Kelly received a huge welcome from the boys and girls attending the Davin Club’s Cool Camp while over in Carrickbeg there was a similar reaction to the visit of Waterford senior hurler Kein Moran.
The Davin Club’s three day skills camp, its second this year, attracted 120 entrants, who were put through their paces by 12 coaches with dozens of parents supervising the fun.
Davin Club PRO Niall Ryan said Eoin Kelly stood in goals for the kids as they played while Declan Fanning showed them some of the skills that helped him win an All-Ireland medal.
Rain prevented coaching and games on the camp’s final day, so camp organisers turned the clubhouse into a cinema and showed the children the 2010 All-Ireland Final DVD.
“What happened next will remain with me for many years; the noise and excitement from the packed clubhouse as Lar Corbett walked in will never again be seen or heard around Carrick-on-Suir,” Niall recalled.
The Thurles Sarsfields player spoke to the boys and girls for half an hour about winning and losing big games before signing shirts, hurleys, balls etc for the young fans.
“The man spent so long with the excited crowd I thought I was going to have to get a transfer form for him,” Niall quipped.
Niall thanked all the local sponsors of the camp and all involved in organising the event as well as the sponsors of the Davin Club’s juvenile and minor teams.
St Molleran’s GAA Club on the other side of the river is also looking back on the very successful Kelloggs sponsored “Cul Camp”, which took place the same week as the Davin Club event.
The Club’s Juvenile Committee PRO Willie Foley, who co-ordinated the summer camp, said 75 boys and girls between the ages of six and 13 took part.
The fifth day of the camp was cancelled due to bad weather but Mr Foley said the other four days were packed with fun skills coaching sessions, football and hurling blitzs.
Highlight of the week was the visit of Waterford senior hurler Kevin Moran. Mr Foley said the De La Salle player answered loads of queries from the children and signed autographs for all who requested them.
Mr Foley said the Club was delighted with the success of the Cul Camp and was already looking forward to hosting another one next summer. He thanked all involved in organising the camp as well as the sponsors.
In the meantime, St Molleran’s juvenile academy continues every week until October.