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“Where were you on February 8th?”

I was in the Oranmore Lodge that night, along with 160 other people from the Parish. If you weren’t there, then you missed a great night. It was of course the Carnmore Hurling Club social. Fr Noel and Fr Tommy were there. John McIntyre and Tony Mannion and their partners were present, as well as Brian Feeney (Captain of The Athenry Hurling Team).

Our popular Chairman, Johnny Duggan was presented with his award for Clubman of the Year and our tenacious fullback, Murty Killilea received his award as Hurler of the Year. The Awards were sponsored by Greany Glass and Joe Hanley Menswear, respectively. The County Final Runners-Up medals were presented to the Under 21 and Senior Hurling Squad Members. The procedures were really enlivened by some wonderful music provided by our popular guest artist on the night—Fr Tommy.

I would recommend you put this social on your Calendar of Events for next year.

The Senior Hurling Panel are back in training every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm. They played their first competitive game recently, against Pearses Club in the 1996 Open Draw. Carnmore had a comfortable 1–8 to 3 points win.

The Senior Hurling Championship is scheduled to commence on 19th April 1997.

The U21 Hurling Championship commenced on Sunday 2nd March and will run for four consecutive Sundays. We collected two points when we were given a walkover by Ardrahan in our first match. We are grouped with Ardrahan, Kilbeacanty, Kilconieron and Pearses in the Under 21 Championship. Check the Connacht Tribune for the Fixture, Venue and Time and come along on the Sunday to support the team.

On that note of support, I believe that in general we take for granted the huge amount of effort put in by Managers and Selectors of teams. All of their time is voluntary, for the good of the community. They are quietly working away on wet winters evenings, preparing teams to represent our Parish. We should say thank you to these people an give them our support. We should not confine these words of gratitude to hurling managers, but extend it to all activities, Football, Badminton, Drama Scouts, etc. etc. If we have criticism to offer, let it be constructive and fair, which is healthy and useful, but the Hurler on the Ditch adds no value.

Did you know that Declan O’Brien and Ronan Walsh are presently training with the County Hurling Panel?

B. Linnane