Cody praises Alley's young stars
The under-age boys and girls, parents, grandparents, family members past and present packed the Buffers Alley clubhouse to capacity for the presentation of medals to the future stars of the club.
Michael Murphy, club Chairman, welcomed everyone to the gathering to celebrate what was a remarkable year for the Coiste na nOg section. A céad míle fáilte was extended to special guest, Brian Cody, Kilkenny hurling manager, and his wife, Elsie, as well as Ailish Whitty, Secretary, Wexford Camogie Board, Con Hourihane, Principal, Kilmuckridge Primary School, and Majella Murphy, Principal, Monamolin Primary School.
He told the packed house that 2015 had proven to be a huge milestone for this bunch of young boys. Following on from a successful campaign throughout the summer, the boys advanced to win the two Under-12 ('A' and 'B') hurling Co. finals, the Under-12 'A' football final, the Under-14 hurling final and the Rackard League hurling final which was a remarkable achievement.
Brian Cody stated that it was inspirational for him to be back in Buffers Alley to celebrate a phenomenal year for the under-age, something every club is crying out for. All this success is brought about by hard work but he stressed that there are many units associated with it: the schools, the club and the families.
It's the support and co-operation from all these strands that makes it all possible. He couldn't emphasise enough the importance parents play in the whole process, firstly by encouraging their children to participate, practicing the skills at home, ensuring they attend training and above all supporting them at their games.
He encouraged the club to continue with their efforts, making sure that there is no lean year at under-age, and always working with teams coming behind a strong successful one. If for any reason you have a setback at any level, the key is to bounce back immediately. The sky is your limit if you put in the work at ground level.
He addressed the boys by encouraging them to practice every day and to try to learn a new skill every couple of weeks. He reminded them that they are lucky to have such good coaches and to belong to a terrific club which has a great tradition. He also asked them to look up to stars both in their club and at county level, as these men were once searching for underage success like the Under-12s and Under-14s are now.
Both under-age and adult players in the club are blessed to have such good pitch and indoor arena facilities at their disposal thanks to the vision and foresight of club officers over the years.
On a lighter note the Kilkenny legend got a huge laugh and applause when he noted he wasn't asked to present the football medals, and he wondered why!!
Con Hourihane, on behalf of the two schools in the parish, outlined the achievements of the school teams during the past year. Both Rackard League teams had excelled despite the majority of the boys being still only in fifth class.
The 'A' team came up against a strong Ramsgrange team in the final but reaped their just rewards by lifting the title following a hard-fought game. The second team had progressed well to the final and could have won if everything had gone their way on the day. He thanked all the teachers in both schools for their ongoing work and co-operation with the Rackard League.
The social part of the night got under way with Brian Cody busy signing autographs and posing for photographs, and it was remarkable the patience he had with the younger members. Refreshments followed with everyone enjoying a chat and banter.
Under-12: Adam Back, Kevin O'Connor, Seán Kirwan, Jack Redmond, Dylan McEvoy, Jack Twomey, Adam Doyle, Shamey O'Hagan, Cormac Walsh, Eoin O'Meara, Tomás Whelan, Michael Butler, Edward Harney, Kevin Doyle, Brian Kirwan, Daragh Prendergast, Colin Kinsella, Stephen Furlong, Pádraig Kinsella, Harvey Warren, Tristan Whelan-Byrne, Fiachra Fortune, Dylan Patel, Conor Keane, Byron Keane, Shane Meleady, Bobby Brady, Brian O'Meara, Dan Doyle. Mentors: Shem O'Hagan, Seán Doyle, Mick Butler, Lorcan Prendergast, Shane Furlong, Barry Doyle.
Under-14: Cian O'Connor, Adam Doyle, David Meleady, Jack Whelan, Martin Dempsey, Myles O'Connor, Owen McNulty, Adam Byrne, Oisín Fortune, Jack Hearne, Jack Murphy, Cillian Larkin, Niall Corrigan, Liam Walsh, Ciarán Hearne, Oisín Hagan, David Hearne, Cormac Walsh, Michael Butler, Oisín Tyrrell, Richard Devereux, James Reilly, Jack Fanning, Ben Murphy. Mentors: Colm Hearne, Theo Butler, John Hearne.