Hurling great Leahy inspires juvenile teams at medal ceremony

Carrick Davin GAA Club elected a new committee chaired by Alan Faulkner at its agm last week.

Carrick Davin GAA Club elected a new committee chaired by Alan Faulkner at its agm last week.

The meeting was well attended and began with a prayer for members of the club who died over the past year including John Callaghan, Jim McGrath, Tommy Arrigan and past president Sean Organ.

The elections went smoothly starting with President Patsy Tobin and Vice Presidents Seamus Kenny and Fr Richard Geoghegan remaining in their roles.

The Committee for the following year includes:Chairman Alan Faulkner, Vice Chairman Michael Bowe, Secretary Niall Ryan and Assistant Secretary Gerry Brennan.

Treasurers are Elizabeth Mackey, Billy Mackey and Michael Bowe with the PRO role going to Niall Ryan.

The House Committee elected comprises: Tony Marshal, Gerry Organ, Paddy Arrigan, Gerry Ryan, Seamus Kenny, Robert Butler, Paddy Ryan, Nico Butler, Noreen Robinson, Derek Tobin, John Paul McGrath, Paddy Nagle and Brendan Butler.

Players representative will be Stephen Cronin and the county board representative will be Alan Faulkner.

Senior selectors for the year are: Nico Butler, John Robinson, Paddy Ryan and Michael Whelan; U-21selectors are: Alan Faulkner, John Waters and Brendan Butler; Minor selectors are: John Waters, Raymond Waters and Dessie Cronin.Tipperary hurling legend John Leahy presented medals to the Davin Club’s victorious juvenile teams at a ceremony attended by more than 250 people in the Davin clubhouse last Friday night.

The Club thanks all the players, their families and club members for attending.

Club Chairman Alan Faulkner thanked all the players for their effort over the year and paid tribute to the selectors and juvenile board for all the hard work put into their young teams over the past twelve months.

Alan then handed proceedings over to Tipp FM’s Paddy Finucane, who was Master of Ceremonies for the medals ceremony.

The Club was honoured to introduce Ann Fleming, the new secretary of South Tipperary’s Bord Na Nóg, and senior South Board Chairman Joe Brennan.

Both spoke highly of the juveniles and the preparation that was put into the event.

Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald who spoke about how much the Club has moved forward over the past couple of years.

He reiterated how important it was to keep moving forward with the plans for building a new club hall.

He also stated how upset he was that the Davin Club was one of the only organisations in Carrick-On-Suir not to receive funding from the Government.

John Leahy presented medals to members of the U-14 team who won the football shield and South and County hurling honours.

He also presented medals to the U-16 squad, who won South and County football and South and County hurling titles andthe Minors who won South hurling and football titles.

Mr Leahy gave an inspirational speech at the ceremony, which included an awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol on young people, especially the impact it has on those, who participate in sports.

His last job of the night was to present six special awards.

The first was presented to Michael Whelan, the U-14 hurler and footballer of the Year.

Michael played U-14 hurling and football for Tipperary as well as captaining the U-14 Davin team to south and county honours.

The U-16 Player of the Year award was presented to Raymond Cooke and the Minor Player of the Year gong was presented to Adam Foran. Both players were honoured for their hard work and dedication.

The Juvenile of the Year award was presented to Andrew O’Brien. Even though he could not participate in games, he attended every training session and was always present in the dressing room as the Club prepared for games.

Top Scorer of the Year prize went to Luke Faulkner, who scored multiple times in all games he played at U-14 and U-16 level.

His best score was 5-7 in an U-16 game in the South Hurling Championship. He is surely a star of the future.

A special Merit Award was presented to Robert Butler for his outstanding work over the past number of years. GAA clubs are impossible to run without the effort and time that people like Robert put into them.

The Club thanks all the people who made this great night possible including the players,coaches,parents and committees, who helped to put the nine trophies on display.

The Club also thanks the sponsors, helpers and ladies committee, who made the night enjoyable for all who attended by making sure that there was an abundance of refreshments and treats for the younger guests.

Thanks also to Paddy Finucane ,John Leahy, Ann Fleming, Bobby Fitzgerald and Joe Brennan for taking the time to speak with the Club’s young members.

Meanwhile, the Club’s snooker room is very busy at the moment with the Christmas handicap competition now at the quarter final mark

Last week’s results are as follows: Dixie Ryan and Mikie McGrath beat Niall Ryan and Alan Faulkner; Stephen Walsh and Gerry Ryan beat Paul Coady and Brendan Butler; John Murphy and Nico Butler beat Philip Butler and Billy Mackey; Brendan Gleeson and Mark Fitzgerald beat Dessie Cronin and Ian O’Dwyer.

Hurling wall drills sessions continue every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm for U-14s, U-16s and minors.

Indoor training continues this Thursday from 6pm to 7pm for U-6s and 7pm to 8pm for U-8s.

There will be no training over the Christmas period. It will resume when the schools re-open in the new year.

Anyone wishing to join the club to avail of the games room can do so now. Membership fees paid now will cover you until the end of 2013. Membership costs just €20 and can be paid weekly.

The Club lotto jackpot prize wasn’t won last week. Seven tickets matched three numbers and their owners won €30 each.

Numbers drawn were 2, 16, 22, 23. The jackpot prize for this week’s draw on Tuesday night was €12,250. Results in next week’s issue.