GAA PRESIDENT SEAN KELLY VISITS ST MARY’S AHOGHILL
The President of the GAA Sean Kelly paid a visit to St Mary’s GAC, Ahoghill on Wednesday night past and was welcomed by an excited and enthusiastic crowd. This visit came about earlier on in the year when a travelling party set sail for the Burlington hotel in Dublin where Club Secretary and Web Designer John Friel accepted the prestigious McNamee Award for best Website, and it was at this function that club Chairman Danny O’Neill extended an invitation to GAA President Sean Kelly.
Arriving at 7.30pm the President and his family were present for a home hurling fixture with Clooney Gaels hosting the Michael Davitts Club from Belfast. Afterward
Sean Kelly met with players and with club members for photographs and a reception was held afterwards in the Clooney Rural Development Association hall.
Speaking after the game Sean Kelly paid tribute to the small rural club and said that being awarded Antrim Club of the year in 2003 was a great achievement and that in winning the McNamee award for best GAA website in Ireland was particularly noteworthy as the GAA comprises of over 2500 clubs and that winning an award on this scale was a remarkable achievement. The President also talked about how important family involvement was in every GAA club and remarked that he has seen great evidence of this in St Mary’s Ahoghill as they fielded teams in Camogie, Football and Hurling.
Commenting on the facilities at the Club, he spoke highly of the new club rooms and said that it was evident that the club had great pride in their achievements as both the changing facilities and pitch were maintained to the highest standard. He ended by thanking the members of St Mary’s for their kind and warm welcome and gave special praise to the clubs youth.
Club Chairman Danny O’Neill thanked GAA president Sean Kelly for coming and for the great efforts he was making in the wider GAA community and that having a visit from the Association's President was a great honour and boost for the club. He continued by saying that it was a nice thought that the GAA President would be the last person to speak in the historic hall before it was demolished and rebuilt, and expressed gratitude to those persons who helped in the preparation for the visit.