Fans turn out in their droves for Offaly GAA Open Night

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

FANS turned out in big numbers for the Offaly GAA Championship Open Night on Friday, May 10.

FANS turned out in big numbers for the Offaly GAA Championship Open Night on Friday, May 10.

At O’Connor Park, Tullamore there was an open training session with the Offaly senior football squad under the guidance of manager Emmet McDonnell.

While Offaly goalkeeper and the county’s Coaching & Games Promotion Manager Alan Mulhall used the occasion to promote the forthcoming Kellogg’s Cul GAA Summer Camps.

Offaly played Longford in a challenge game on Sunday, May 12 to mark the official opening of the refurbished Grattan Og grounds in Stonepark, Longford as they continued their preparations for their Leinster GAA Football championship quarter-final against Kildare on Saturday, June 1 at Croke Park. Longford triumphed by 1-16 to 1-11.

GAA fans, young and old, ventured to O’Connor Park where they had their photographs taken with players, obtained autographs and local media representatives were also present to conduct interviews.

Posters and wrist bands were also distributed on the night.

Meanwhile, following the Kilcormac/Killoughey versus Birr encounter in the opening round of the Molloy Environmental Systems Senior Hurling Championship at St Rynagh’s Park, Banagher, there was a meet and greet with Offaly hurling manager Ollie Baker and members of his panel.

Offaly host reigning All-Ireland and recently crowned Allianz Hurling League Division 1 kingpins Kilkenny in the opening round of the Leinster Championship on Sunday, June 9 in O’Connor Park, Tullamore and that fixture is sure to attract a bumper crowd. Kilkenny, too, have been boosted by the news that JJ Delaney will be available.