GAA men honoured for their efforts

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

FIFTEEN greats of GAA in East Limerick were honoured recently in Caherconlish.

FIFTEEN greats of GAA in East Limerick were honoured recently in Caherconlish.

The Old Time Gaels of East Limerick was set up seven years ago to honour the people who have contributed so much to the development of the GAA.

The event, sponsored by St Ailbe’s Credit Union, took place in the Millennium Centre on Friday, February 11.

Chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Eddie Wade, said this is their seventh year holding the event.

“Three who have won awards have sadly gone to their eternal reward including Jimmy “Butler” Coffey who died in his 102nd year,” said Cllr Wade.

“On our first night the lights went out. It was like the man above bringing us back to the old days,” said Cllr Wade.

On the night, a Limerick jersey was presented to John O’Connor, of St Ailbe’s Credit Union, in recognition of their sponsorship.

The club awards were given to John Joe Fahey, Doon; Christy McMahon, Pallasgreen; Philip Murphy, Kilteely/Dromkeen; Bobby Burton, Fedamore; PJ Bourke, Oola; Henry Cooney, Murroe/Boher; Noel Lonergan, Knockane; PJ Keane, Ahane; Joe Collins, Cappamore; Pat Buckley, Caherline/Caherconlish; Pat Frawley, Ballybricken and Richard Ryan, South Liberties.

Danny Beary, Pallasgreen, who opened his very own GAA museum in Barna received a special category award.

Willie Moore, Doon was chosen for the Tom O’Brien Personality Award and the media award went to Tom Toomey, South Liberties.