THERE were tears of joy and sadness in Clara at the Offaly GAA Scór Finals on Saturday night last, when Shamrocks were announced as Club of the Year.
Winning Club of the Year is an achievement to make any club proud, but it was a particularly poignant moment for the Shamrocks club who had set out to pay tribute to the late Joe Monahan by making a special effort in Scór this year.
Their efforts were duly rewarded when MC, Michael Sheridan, announced Shamrocks as the winners of the Pauline Bracken perpetual trophy.
Indeed the club completed a hat-trick of special awards, as their set dancers were the recipients of the John Hartford Shield, while Emmet Óg Breathnach’s solo singing performance saw him receive the Teresa Flynn Memorial Shield.
This was the first year the shield in memory of Teresa Flynn from Ballycumber was presented. A gifted singer, Teresa died at the age of just 38, having battled bravely with cancer for the previous 20 month.
Teresa represented Offaly in Scór both at solo singing and ballad group, winning AII-Ireland honours. Offaly GAA also had the pleasure of having Teresa perform Amhrán na bhFiann on big match occasions in O’Connor Park in recent years.
The loss of both Joe and Teresa were keenly felt on Saturday night and the quality of the acts on stage was a fitting tribute to both.
Shamrocks paid further tribute to Joe when Breda Grennan recited a poem about the man himself in the recitation category.
The Offaly winners now advance to the Leinster semi-finals in Clonaslee on Sunday, March 10th at 5pm.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Figure Dancing – Birr; Solo Singing – Emmet Óg Breathnach, Shamrocks; Recitation – Tony Coolihan, Ballycumber; Instrumental Music – Shamrocks; Quiz – Ferbane; Ballad Group – Clara; Novelty Act – Shamrocks; Set Dancing – Shamrocks.