Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bruree Notes 3/4/2011


Presentation Night: Bruree GAA held it’s annual presentation and awards night at Deebert House Hotel on Saturday night. Those present were welcomed by club chairman, Noel O’Halloran who looked back on a successful year for the club. He congratulated the Junior Football team on it’s success and thanked everyone who had supported the club over the year. Fr. Desmond McAuliffe, P.P., wished the club the best for 2011 and expressed his satisfaction that the difficulties with the sports field had been finalised. Sean McAuliffe, Chairman, County Football Board congratulated Bruree on keeping the football flag flying. The club’s annual awards were then presented. The Hall of Fame award went to Tom Horgan who “started playing underage hurling and football with Bruree in the early 1950s and played on the minor football team which won the south championship in 1956. He joined the junior hurling team in 1957 at half back and this team went on to win the south championship that year and lost out narrowly to Dromcollogher in the county semi-final. He also played on the Bruree team which lost by a point to Croom in the final of the 1960 Bruree tournament. He played half forward on the Bruree team which beat Banogue in the south final of 1963. The following year he scored 3-3 at half forward in the south junior league final which Bruree went on to win. He played on the junior hurling panel in the early rounds of the south championship in 1966. Unfortunately, he received a back injury which brought an end to his hurling days. Bruree went on to win the 1966 county championship and our Hall of Fame recipient lost out on a county medal”. Noel O’Halloran presented the award.
The Sports Personality of the Year was Mike Lyons who “has been involved with Bruree GAA for more years than he probably cares to remember. He played hurling for Bruree through the 1970s and was part of the three in a row south winning panels of 1976/77/78. When he retired from the playing field he remained involved with the club. He became involved with underage management and was very proud to manage Bruree to a minor hurling county title. He also took up administrative duties, becoming a reliable committee member before taking over the position of juvenile secretary, a task he undertook with great diligence and enthusiasm. He has now retired from that job but is still involved with underage teams”. The Donncha Ó hArgain Prepetual Cup was presented to Mike by Maura McMahon.
The Footballer of the Year is Vincent Stanton “is a young man who has a great future as a player with Bruree at both football and hurling. He first came to prominence at under age displaying great skill in both codes. He brings a great passion and skill to his playing and can be relied upon to give one hundred percent. He was one of the stars of the Bruree Junior A football team which won the south and county titles in 2010 and went on to contest the Munster final in Mallow. From his position at wing back, he broke up many an attack and cleared ball to his forwards. He is not averse to carrying the ball forward himself when the opportunity arises, putting pressure on opposing defences. Our recipient is one of the young players that Bruree will be looking to to keep the blue and white flying high over the next few years”. Fr. Desmond McAuliffe presented this award.
The Hurler of the Year is Dessie Lenihan “a player who has been a fixture on Bruree teams from underage up to the present day. It was probably at football that he shone in his younger days and he still excels with the bigger ball but his skills with hurley and sliothar now make him invaluable to Bruree’s senior hurling panel. He is noted for his burst of speed and his ability to strike points from distance. He settled at centre field for the past season, giving him the opportunity to drop back to help the defence and to attack and put pressure on the opposition. Now a seasoned and experienced player, he will be looked to by the younger players coming through to provide example and direction”. This award was presented by Johnny Wall, Club Treasurer.
Sean McAuliffe then presented the various medals and presentations were also made to Mike McCarthy, Charlie O’Shea and Brendan Hogan, mentors of the Junior A Football team.
The night continued with finger food and music provided by Brian O’Dwyer.

Rockhill Rovers
Congratulations to Rockhill Rovers on winning the Desmond League Division 2/3 Cup on Friday night. The game was played in Askeaton with the home team providing the opposition. Rockhill played very well and led by 2-0 at the break. Paddy Kelly found the net from the penalty spot and Donal Deady followed up with the second goal. Rockhill conceded a goal in the second half but were always getting the better of the exchanges. A screamer of a goal from Gerard O’Dea from all of sixty yards out put the outcome beyond doubt and Rockhill emerged 3-1 winners. The Man of the Match award went to Rockhill’s Brian O’Rourke. The Rockhill Rovers team was Charlie O’Shea, Tom Shea, Anthony O’Shea, Stephen O’Halloran. Gerard O’Dea, Donal Deady, Jimmy O’Dea, James C. O’Brien, Michael Lane, Paddy Kelly, Brian O’Rourke, Vincent Stanton, Michael Thompson, Shane Mullane, Kieran O’Rourke, Mark Noonan, Michael Brouder

Lucky dip winners in last week's Bruree GAA/Rockhill Rovers lotto were €50 Nora Fitzgerald €25 Shane and Mary Finucane, Tony, Kay and children €20 John O‘Brien, Garrouse, Sean Treacy, Bridie O‘Mahony.


We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Philomena Rea, Effin, who died recently.

Thanks A Bunch

Mildred O’Dea would like to thank everybody who donated so generously to her recent coffee morning. The amount collected to date is €652.90. Special thanks to Josephine Lynch who collected €61 cards in Athlacca, Ellen Deady who collected €70 at Costcutters in Bruree and Mary McSweeney who collected €81 at the school.

Fashion Extravaganza

RTE newsreader, Anne Doyle, will compere an evening of fashions at the Charleville Park Hotel on this Friday, April 8th, starting at 8.00 pm. Local shops will display their latest fashion ranges for ladies and men in a fundraising night in aid of Ballyhoura Community Radio. Tickets are just €10 and are available from the station’s studios at Smith’s Lane, Charleville, from the hotel, from the Oriel, Horgans and the participating shops or locally from John Harrold.

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