The annual Hurling week for boys and girls under the Club Ciaran banner proved to be another unqualified success. The planning and the organisation were excellent and we had eighty seven youngsters between the ages of five and thirteen who were there to learn and to play our greatest national game of hurling.
Good weather is a huge bonus and that we had over the five days. All our young coaches were qualified thanks to forward thinking and training engineered by an Bainisteoir Pádraig MacAindriú.
Deirdre Twomey who attended to the registration of entrants and who ran the kitchen and fed the hungry was truly a corner stone in this year’s event.
Hurling is truly a great game filled with many skills and attributes. It was wonderful to see our Coaches introducing many of the entrants to the various skills and what was most rewarding was the very positive approach and attitude by the would be hurlers. Well done to all.
We were very pleased to have a visit from our esteemed Parish Priest Fr. Sean on Wednesday. Fr. Sean would be a follower of the big ball and was very impressed by the programme. Two other annual visitors were Mary Hegarty and her sister Jennie. Club Ciarán gets its name from Mary’s late son Ciarán Hegarty. They both sat and watched the action with great admiration and contentment.
Donal Turner and John Jordan carried out all the preparatory work each morning and when all had departed reversed the operation. Of course Howard Crowdy (Photographer) paid a visit. Without Howard the week would not be the same.
A special word of thanks goes to all the participants and their parents. We have no doubt that many of the youngsters who began their hurling in Camp Ciaran will carry the Club colours with distinction in the years ahead.
We must thank our groundsman Pat O’Neill who had the pitches in great shape and all the people who played some part in making Club Ciaran 2016 a great one.