THE village of Effin should be renamed ‘Finn’s Town’ quipped Cllr Mike Houlihan at a civic reception to mark the local hurling side’s achievement in winning the County Limerick and Munster intermediate hurling titles in 2011.
The side which was trained by Bruree man Peter Finn won the Munster intermediate club final over Ballyduff of Kerry in Newcastle West last November.
A last minute point from Damien Moloney snatched a 1-9 to 1-8 win for Effin over Ballybrown in the intermediate hurling county final earlier in September.
Cllr Houlihan pointed out how the team had “achieved so much in a short space of time”.
“I suppose they will have to change Effin to Finn’s Town now,” smiled Cllr Houlihan who said the people of Effin had bought into Peter Finn’s approach. “He doesn’t go overboard with things. He does things in a nice way,” he said.
Members of the club including the players, management and their families gathered at the area office in Kilmallock last Thursday for the civic reception which was also attended by the five local area councillors and local area staff.
Cllr David Moloney who is also a Limerick senior hurler paid tribute to the club on their professionalism both on and off the pitch. “It’s not just on the field, there is an awful lot of work done off the field also - a lot of credit must go to the management and officials involved in Effin GAA,” he said.
“You are a true credit to your club and a true credit to your county as well. The last person to receive a civic reception was the President of Ireland so it is fitting that Effin GAA club are at that stature,” he said.
Bruff-based councillor Bill O’Donnell congratulated the team on their achievement and on their rise from junior to intermediate to senior. The team won the county junior title in 2010 followed by the county intermediate title in 2011. They made their historic senior debut just two weeks ago when they were beaten by an injury time goal by Patrickswell.
Cllr Eddie Ryan said that what was accomplished by the team was not achieved overnight. For the betterment of sport, he said, change was important “and we need teams like Effin to advance”.
Speaking on behalf of Limerick County Council, Gerry O’Connor, said that to win a county medal at any level is “a huge achievement”.
“From the council’s point of view we are delighted to recognise your achievements over the last two years,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of Effin GAA, the club chairman and team manager Ger Power thanked Limerick County Council for the “great honour”. “You say that a civic reception is the highest honour that you can give and we are very appreciative of what you have offered us here today and we would like to thank you sincerely,” he said.
Cllr Mike Donegan paid tribute to the team and thanked the local area staff for facilitating the civic reception.