A wonderful year for Ferbane/Belmont minor club and Naomh Ciarán Ladies GAA club was celebrated last Sunday night in High Street Hall when medals were presented to the teams that performed so well in 2012, many of them bringing home success within and indeed outside of the county.
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The All Ireland Féile Division 1 success of the Naomh Ciarán girls was a wonderful achievement that brought about great celebrations all across West Offaly and that panel were given their medals, as well as the silverware they earned when they won the Offaly under-14 championship this year. The under-13 and under-15 girls won league titles and also had medals to collect for their efforts, while the under-16 panel also had a very successful year, winning their championship.
That particular vintage was successful for Ferbane/Belmont as well, as the male under-16 panel were congratulated and awarded their medals for their double season, winning both the league and the championship. The under-14 squads were present and they were awarded and praised for the U14B hurling championship success and while ultimate glory was to elude them in football, they still had a great year.
In 2012 the under-14 footballers reached the county final where they lost out in a high quality game to St Broughans and performed well in the Féile Peil na nÓg. They hosted the eventual winners St Brigids last summer and lost to their visitors 3-8 to 2-3 before getting a win and a draw in their last two games. That eight point margin was the closest that any team came to the Dublin representatives this year.
A wonderful night was had by everyone and huge thanks are due to the special guests who the night who took the time to be part of the occasion and to make it more memorable for everyone involved. GAA Hall of Fame member Tony McTague, Offaly hurling captain David Kenny and Camogie All Ireland winners Siobhán Flannery and Lorraine Keena were all on hand to present the medals and to spend some time with the young players who have such a bright future ahead of them.