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Sunday 22 September 2019

Adamstown

CARDS

The weekly '30' Card Game continues in the Community Centre this Friday 30th Jan at 9pm. Catering on the night will be: Breda & Valerie Kelly. Catering the following Friday 6th Feb will be-Christine Mackey, Eileen Moran & Anne O'Brien. Proceeds going to Parish Funds. Card winners on Fri 16th Jan were: Micksey & Breda Bolger, Sean Cullen, John Nolan, Patsy Byrne, Seamus Joyce, Pill Jackman, Ray Rochford, Pat Murphy & Matty Sullivan.

Community Centre EGM

There will be an Emergency General Meeting in Adamstown Community Centre on Wednesday Feb 4th at 9pm. All club committees, residents associations and interested parties please attend. This is an important meeting as the future of the centre for 2015 needs to be discussed. For further information contact:- Dermot Hynes on 087-2459935.

Adamstown Athletic Club

Adamstown Athletic Club celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday night last at an Awards Ceremony held in Adamstown Community Centre. Athletes old and young joined together to take a look back at the achievements of the club during 2014 and for the years before.

Some of the club's founding member athletes from 1955 joined the present batch of athletes and invited guests which included landowners and workers who have supported the club; coaches and officials from other clubs and home-grown stars who have joined in to present the Athlete Awards. Adamstown's own Vinny Bradley , whose father, Seamus, is one of the stalwart members of the present Committee and has been involved with the club for most of its existence, presented a number of awards.

He was joined by former Club Athlete of the Year from back in 2007, who went on to Captain the Wexford U21 Hurling Team, Shane O'Gorman, who won numerous County Championships with Adamstown AC, as well as Leinster Golds, Silvers and Bronzes as well as All Ireland medals in the Indoor 60m when he was U14 and U15. Shane was joined by his Adamstown team-mate on the Wexford U21 panel, Tony French who also presented some of the many awards on the night.

Following a number of presentations, the Adamstown AC Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Ryan Carthy Walsh, for his second year running. Ryan is current national Triple Jump Champion U16 and Irish Schools' Champion at the Junior High Jump. He also got his first International vest in 2014 when he competed in the Celtic Games and overcame Welsh and Scottish opposition to take Silver for Ireland. Ryan was presented with the Jim McGee Memorial Cup. Ryan's great-grandfather, Sonny Walsh, was a founding member of the club, with the aforementioned Jim McGee, back in 1955. His great-uncle, Tom Walsh, was the first athlete to compete for the club and was also in attendance, along with his grandfather, Nick, an outstanding cross country athlete back in the early 1960's.

The Club Person of the Year Award went to Clodagh Walsh in recognition of her dedication to the club and her outstanding personal improvements during the year, resulting in a Gold at All Ireland B level in the U16 High Jump and selection on the Leinster Performance Squad. Both Ryan Carthy Walsh and Joe Mooney received mementos of their first International vests, which they both received during the year.

There were eleven awards presented for Outstanding Achievement, earned by athletes who qualified and competed as individuals at national championships. These went to Ben Wall, Robert Wall, Rachel Power, Kate Jackman, Christopher Mahon, Luke Byrne, Sonia Mooney, Marguerite Furlong, Triona Mooney, Ryan Carthy Walsh and Joe Mooney. Shane O'Gorman presented awards to athletes who had medalled in the B All Ireland Championships and these went to Annalise Crean, Eadaoinn Stafford and Zara Power.

The final awards of the night were presented by Tony French to the U8 Boys Winter League team of Ross English, Jack O'Shea, Watt Creane and Stephen Power. Sets of cinema tickets were awarded to junior athletes; Isobel English, Caragh McDonald, Grainne English and Clodagh Creane.

The evening finished with the cutting of the 60th birthday cake before refreshments were served and all present, which included a big turnout from the wider athletics community in Wexford, had plenty of time to reflect on the history of the club and the many achievements of the present set of athletes who will bring the club forward into the next sixty years.

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