Club Sponsor Makes Major Announcement at Dinner Dance:

 

Rapparees/Starlights GAA Club celebrated in style on Friday night 9th March at Riverside Park Hotel and in truth they had a lot to feel happy about.

 

The large crowd of 270 plus were enjoying the Presentation of county medals to no less than 3 teams, Junior Camogie, U/21 football and Senior football and also remembering 100 years of the Starlights football club.

MC`d by former Chairman John Browne, who was actually in the Chair when the county titles were won, he first called on County Chairman Derek Kent to address the audience of players, members and friends.

 

Derek was lavish in his praise of the club and all those working in a voluntary capacity for it, saying that it was in safe hands under the careful guidance of Chairman Michael Doyle and his hard working Committee. Derek had special mention for those in the club who were also involved at County level – players Kevin Foley and Liam Ryan who he said are leaders with the County Senior hurling team and Nick Doyle, Pa Doyle and Darragh Pepper who are putting in trojan work with the County Senior Footballers, Maria Nolan, Tom Boland and Adrian Fenlon who are deeply involved with raising funds at Wexford GAA.

 

Medals were presented to the Junior Camogie team by Adrian Fenlon and Declan Skippy Ruth, while player Manager Sarah Murphy said what a privilege it had been to work with a great bunch of girls in 2017 and she looked forward to progressing a step further this year.

 

Current Chairman Michael Doyle had the height of praise for the U/21 and Senior footballers and in particular Manager Joe O`Hagan and Selector Purt Doyle, complimenting the later on his major contribution to the club over many years, coming through the ranks at underage and making it all the way to Senior level. Michael said that he was also convinced that the introduction of Joe O`Hagan to the Club was the catalyst needed to deliver success in 2017.

 

Purt Doyle and brothers Jayo and Anto Russell then made the medal presentation to the victorious U/21 team.

 

Manager Joe O`Hagan spoke from the heart of his team and his fellow selector Purt Doyle, saying that his job was made easy having a man like Purt beside him, who knew not only his own players and all their strengths and weaknesses but also knew the strengths and weaknesses of any and all opposition. Joe was both humorous and passionate when mentioning each of his players and also had a word of thanks for Physio Joe Cullen, John Browne and Michael Doyle. He thanked Maria Nolan for her help during the 2017 campaign and said that the photographs of the Aftermath of the County Final, both on the billboards and running on the loop in the function room were treasured memories to have and to keep over the years.

Joe said that he was looking forward with relish to the coming season and has no doubt with the talent available in the Club that it wont be 13 years before it wins its next title.

 

A framed collage of the County final was presented by Captain Tom Wall to both Joe and Purt, saying that he was indeed privileged to be chosen as Captain of the team in the 100 anniversary year of the Starlights and delighted to work with both men and lead a fantastic bunch of lads to a county title. In 2917 Tom said `the boys became men and the men thought they were boys again`.

 

He thanked all those who had gone before and worked over the years in the Club, without whom the victory wouldn`t have been possile.

Club Sponsor Sam McCauley praised all the work that was being done at Bellefield resulting in the 2017 success. He had a special mention for former Club President Martin Doyle and said that it was lovely to see all his family present for this most special occasion.

 

Sam said that although himself and wife Leslie were now retired he had handed over to another staunch GAA man from County Meath. Tony McEntee the new CEO of the McCauley Group has already confirmed that the company are happy to sponsor the club for the next 3 years and Sam brought the entire Riverside audience to their feet announcing a most generous sponsorship from Leslie and himself to complete outstanding and necessary work at the Bellefield venue.

Player Jack Kelly then read a poem written by himself titled Starlights 2017 and a presentation of a framed copy was made to both Joe and Purt.

What a way to finish the formal part of the evening and what a wonderful way to begin out new season and our most sincere and grateful thanks to Sam and Leslie for their long, constant and continued support of Rapparees/Starlights.