Over 200 people attended the St Rynagh’s Ladies Football presentation night, which took place recently in Dooley’s Hotel in Birr.
The presentation night has traditionally been a celebration of the St Rynagh’s Ladies Football teams for all of their hard work and success and this year was even more special with the both senior league and senior ‘A’ championship title on show for the first time.
Also the minors had their trophy on display as they capped off an amazing four-in-a-row. In what was a memorable year for the club, it has also received the Ladies Football Senior Club of the Year for the first time.
The people in attendance enjoyed the fabulous buffet that Dooley’s laid out. The master of ceremonies, Michael Duignan kept the night following with ease and constant wit and energy. Westmeath footballer Dessie Dolan presented the medals to all the girls. Some girls won four medals; Senior ‘A’ championship, Senior League title, Minor ‘A’ title in 2011 and 2012. In addition Siobhan Flannery, captain of the senior team, received a memento in recognition of her achievement in winning the Offaly Ladies Footballer of the Year. It is the first time that a St Rynagh’s Ladies football player has received the award and no better person could have been chosen than Siobhan.
When the medals were given out some individuals and the guest of honour spoke on the girls’ magnificent achievement.
From most of the speakers it was evident how thrilled they were to witness such a fabulous club that has gone from strength to strength. They mentioned commitment, dedication, hard-work and belief.
The girls were guided by several key people that helped them throughout the number of years and they were mentioned. However all admitted that Mary Kelly was the foundation and the heart of the club and without her the club would be non-existent. Mary and her mentors were presented with various gifts and memorabilia. One stand out gift was a photograph of the victorious senior team winning the championship with various collages circling round the photograph. Mary herself spoke and thanked supporters, co-selectors, parents but in particular the girls themselves who deserved every recognition that they got. Both panels worked tirelessly all year and have reaped the rewards from it. All local businesses were thanked for their continual support.
After the medal presentation the ladies danced their hearts out till the early hours and enjoyed what was a memorable, entertaining night.