The Bridge House Hotel Offaly GAA awards night was held in the Bridge House Hotel on Saturday Janaury 12 with over 380 people attending.
Guests included the 17 award recipients and inducted into the Hall of Fame were two Offaly GAA legends Tony McTague and Pat Fleury. Both men captained Offaly to All Ireland glory and they spoke of the honour it was to be chosen.
New Offaly County Board Chairman Padraig Boland spoke about how honoured he is to lead Offaly for the coming year. He urged Offaly supporters to continue or indeed to come back and get behind Offaly highlighting the great work been done at present by Paul Bell, Tom Moloney, Brian Lowry and all the people behind the new Club Faithful.
Padraig also spoke about Offaly’ s long term relationship with Carroll Cuisine and praised and thanked them sincerely as the country’s longest serving sponsor of a county team. Carrolls have committed to Offaly in 2013 and are now sponsoring Offaly since 1991.
Padraig also paid tribute to all the award recipients and spoke very highly of each of them. He made a spoecial mention Kilcormac/Killoughey who have had a superb 2012 lifting the Sean Robbins cup for the first time adding Minor, Division 1 League, Under 16 and Junior Football before going on to win the AIB Leinster Club Hurling title last month.
Padraig wished Offaly’s managers Ollie Baker and Emmett McDonnell the very best in 2013 and urgerd the faithful county to keep the faith and remain positive.
Noel McCann of the Bridge House Hotel said it was an honour for the Bridge House to continue to support the awards night and to also to continue to provide gym membership for the county team’s players.
The music on the night was provioded by the excellent Mercury and all 380 guests were treated to a wonderful banquet and a very entertaining night.