Official Opening Night
A great night was had by the large crowd who attended the opening of our wonderful new club facilities on Friday the 3rd of March 2017 night. It is a real testament to the spirit within the Blarney community that so many people came to share in the celebrations on a cold, wet March night.
The night’s entertainment kicked off with a great display of our games from the boys and girls of Club na nOg and Blarney Camogie Club, watched on by proud parents and mentors. On an historic night for the club it was fitting that our future stars take centre stage. We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the children, parents and mentors who braved the elements and put on an excellent showcase of what our new facilities offer.
Suitably impressed by the skills of our young stars, all in attendance were grateful for the chance to move indoors to hear the speeches of our club officers and invited guests. Donal O’Leary, MC for the night, introduced club Chairman Martin Lynch who thanked everyone involved in the project, highlighting the incredible efficiency with which it was carried out, and the generosity of everyone who donated. Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan was next to speak, describing how impressed he was with the new facilities and his hope that the Munster Council can continue to support development within the club. Ger Lane, Chairman of the County Board, also expressed admiration for the club facilities and offered congratulations for the professional manner in which the project was funded and delivered. The final speaker on the night was Minister of State Dara Murphy TD. Deputy Murphy offered congratulations to the club, noting that the GAA was the strongest voluntary organisation in the country and an invaluable contributor to community life in Ireland.
The speeches completed, it was time for the blessing of the pitch and ribbon-cutting to take place. Fr Fitzgerald and Rev Ferris were on hand for the blessing, while club legend Pat Joe Sheehan and club President Michael O’Leary did the honours in cutting the ribbon.
Once the night’s formalities were complete it was time to return to the hall for tea, coffee and refreshments, generously provided by Ian Forrest of the Castle Hotel and kindly served by volunteers from the Camogie Club.
It was a truly memorable night for the club and we would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who made it a success. It isn’t possible to individually thank all who contributed, but this magnificent new facility stands as an enduring tribute to the drive, enthusiasm, spirit and generosity of the entire community of Blarney. Míle buíochas daoibh go léir.