Boyle GAA Club hosted a very enjoyable Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday night in Kilronan Castle to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Club’s Championship titles at under 21, Junior and Intermediate in 1994. Guests were greeted with a mulled wine reception in the beautifully decorated ballroom which afforded the players of the victorious teams the opportunity to reacquaint and mingle.
M.C . for the night, Tony Conboy introduced Chairperson Kathleen Hanmore who welcomed the invitees, special guest Nestor Cup-winning captain Enda Smith, Boyle native and County Board Chairman Seamus Sweeney and Club President, Barry Feely.
The Chairperson continued by reflecting on the achievements of the Club in 1994, current developments in the Club both on and off the field and the passing of Sean Young and John McGowan who played critical roles in the Club’s success twenty five years. This was a subject which Michael Costello , the third member of the 1994 management team elaborated on in conversation with Tony Conboy, Gary Wynne , manager of the 1994 under 21 team also reflected on that team’s achievements and the role Stephen Bohan who was part of the management structure would later have with Fergal O Donnell in steering the Roscommon Minor team to All Ireland success in 2006.
Guest of Honour Enda Smith fielded questions from Tony on his career to date, his All-Star nomination and his involvement in the International Rules Series in 2017.
Following his presentation of medals to this year’s victorious Cooney Motors Junior team, Seamus Sweeney congratulated the Club on its achievements on and off the field He extended congratulations to Mary Clifford who has been elected as President of the Northern Board.
Commemorative plaques were presented by Enda Smith to members of the 1994 teams Presentations were also made on the night to David Kelly and Barry Lowe, selectors with the 2019 Boyle senior team and to Evan McGrath, Cian McKeon, Donal Smith and Enda Smith in recognition of their contribution to Roscommon senior football in 2019.
Music on the night was by the very popular band Ultrasound.
Guests were treated to footage of games from the 1994 and 2019 footballing campaigns courtesy of Colin Kearney.
Many thanks to the Dinner Dance Committee members for their hard work in organising the event, Kilronan Castle for an excellent meal and attention to detail, sponsors Elis, Michael Kerins Construction, Purcell Print and Feelystone and to Master of Ceremonies Tony Conboy.
Finally, a reminder Date for your diary
The Club’s AGM will take place at 7 30 pm on Friday the 3 rd of January. All Club members are invited to this very important meeting to reflect on 2019 and plan for the new year.