GAA Sponsorship

St Brendan’s Dinner Dance a huge success

10 February 2012

St Kentigerns Irish Social Club in Fallowfield provided a fantastic setting for St Brendan’s GAA Annual Dinner Dance, which took place on Saturday 4th February. A large crowd was in attendance despite the harsh weather conditions that had hit Manchester and the North-West of England. Master of Ceremonies (MC) Kieran Gleeson got the evening underway by calling upon St Kentigerns Parish Priest Fr Tom Connolly to say the grace before meal. Guests were then treated to a superb four course meal provided by Kevin Fitzpatrick and his team at St Kents. The food and hospitality provided was first class. The speeches then followed after the meal.

Fr Tom Connolly kicked things off by thanking the committee for his invitation and then went on to emphasise the importance of the Underage teams at St Brendan’s and also in the local Parish of St Kentigerns. He paid to tribute to St Brendan’s youth officers James Mulligan and Nathan Plant for their fantastic work in promoting and teaching Gaelic football the local schools as well as at the club.

Then it was the turn of the treasurer of both the Lancashire County Board and the British Provincial Council Damien Kerr to speak. The St Brendan’s club man paid tribute to the St Brendan’s senior squad and management for reaching the Lancashire Senior Championship final in 2011 and encouraged the club to go one better in the 2012 season. He then went on to encourage our current and new players to get involved with the county set-up this year. He also congratulated the 15 St Brendan’s representatives on the Lancashire minor team that won at the Continental Youth Championships in Boston last summer. Damien also paid tribute to Micky Conway and Nathan Plant who were involved in the management of that team.

St Brendan’s new club Chairman Brian Johnston then took the stage to deliver his speech. He firstly thanked Kevin Fitzpatrick and his staff for the magnificent dinner and warm hospitality received by guests. Brian then went on to thank his committee for their fantastic team effort in organising the evening. Also, Brian paid tribute to the squad and management that narrowly lost in the 2011 Senior Championship Final. He particularly thanked the management team of Micky Conway, Eugene Duffy and Brendan Burke for their dedication and commitment during the season. The chairman paid tribute to senior players Andy Kane and Ciaran Shields for their role in taking training sessions during the season.

Brian went on to emphasise that while St Brendan’s have quality and young talent in within our squad, commitment and hard work is what it will take to drive the club forward in 2012. He told the large audience that it was his intention to bring Championship success back to St Brendan’s once again and add to the club’s rich history. The newly elected chairman then congratulated the St Brendans senior lads who won the All-Britain Championship with Lancashire and the minor lads on their win with Lancashire in Boston. Brian then finished by thanking the special guests for their kind words and also congratulated the prize-winners.

The final speaker of the night was special guest Joe Coll. Joe, who hails from Meenlaragh in County Donegal, is the current Manchester United Academy Goalkeeper. Joe started off by thanking the St Brendan’s for inviting him to the dinner dance. He then went on to emphasise the importance of the GAA in cities like Manchester to accommodate the increasing number of Irish lads emigrating to find employment in other countries. Joe also praised St Brendan’s home grown players who have went on to win various honours at underage level and also starred in the 2011′s Senior Championship Final. The Manchester United goalie then finished by wishing St Brendan’s all the best for the upcoming 2012 season.

The presentations were then made by Chairman Brian Johnston & Special Guest Joe Coll – the awards went to:

Young Player of the Year – Lee Gavin

Senior Player of the Year – Stephen Sands

Club Person of the Year – Jonathan Plant

A special presentation was then made to the fifteen St Brendan’s players who represented Lancashire Minors in their Continental Youth Championship win in Boston last summer. The lads each received a special plague and a commemorative DVD of their special win in the USA. Guests where then treated to a performance by the magnificent Kennedy School of Irish Dancing. The raffle and auction then followed which raised funds for the clubs underage teams. JIB Disco then rounded off the evening with music.

St Brendan’s would like to thank all our sponsors and especially to Kevin Fitzpatrick at St Kent’s for becoming our new sponsor for the senior team in 2012.

 

 

 

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