Sun shines on Hurling Fest
Young guns exel
Glorious sunshine once again adorned the Caulfield's Under-10 hurling league in O'Kennedy Park, New Ross, on Sunday.
This event, which started in 1990 and celebrated its 25th birthday this year, has grown to become the premier Under-10 hurling league in the south-east.
To celebrate 25 years of the Caulfield's League, all of the teams paraded onto the pitch behind the New Ross Pipe Band and the parade finished with Amhrán na Bhfiann.
Over 280 young hurlers were presented with a special 25th anniversary edition medal along with a goodie bag.
Thomas Caulfield from Caulfield's SuperValu attended along with Pat Sinnott (store manager on The Quay, New Ross).
Thomas addressed all the teams along with the parents, mentors and coaches. He spoke about how the league had grown to become such a big occasion on the regional G.A.A. calendar.
He thanked all who support Caulfield's in their business and highlighted how research shows that for every euro spent with an independently owned store like Caulfield`s SuperValu, three times more stays in the local community.
Thomas also thanked the following for their much-appreciated assistance:
The Caulfield's League committee and especially Denis Crosbie and Michael Gannon who through their involvement over the years have worked behind the scenes to organise the event, with Thomas singling out Michael Gannon for all his work and commitment.
Geraldine O'Hanrahans club and all the committee were thanked for their work in presenting the pitches in such splendid condition and this year a barbeque was organised to add to the occasion.
Thomas thanked Bobby Goff (Coiste na nOg Chairman) and Marion Doyle for all their help and support.
A special mention was reserved for the referees (John Tobin, Anthony Tobin, Nora Muldoon, Jack Stafford).
Shane O'Hanlon (County Hurling Development Officer) attended and was also very impressed with the standard of hurling on display.
Thomas finished by once again congratulating all the teams for the fantastic standard of hurling on display.
He looked forward to being back next year in O'Kennedy Park to celebrate 26 years of the Caulfield's League!