Shelmaliers lauched their all new Lotto and 1910 centenary celebrations in Hotel Curracloe on Wednesday night last, with special guests Tony Dempsey, & Margaret Doyle.
Chairman of the Shelmalier GAA Club, Seamus O’Leary welcomed everyone to the launch, the special guests together with Mick Lanigan Chairman of St Ibars/Shelmalier Camogie club, Brenda Fox Chairperson of Shelmalier Ladies Football, Fr. Fitzpatrick Chairman of Board of Management Screen National School and Aidan O’ Leary, Chairman of Shelmalier Coiste N’Og. He praised the artistic skills of local artist Andrew Kenny, Castlebridge for designing the unique 1910 logo that will be used for the year long celebrations. A special committee has been formed to run the year long 1910 activities, made up of, Mick Redmond, Aileen Cloake, Paul Tobin, David Murphy Seamus O’ Leary & Angela Griffith. He said there were two booklets full of information on both launches and thanked Paul Tobin for the 1910 information booklet.
Margaret Doyle congratulated Shelmaliers on their forthcoming ventures and said it was a special year for the Shelmaliers and indeed for Wexford and saying she had a special interest in 1910 as she had a great uncle on the panel of the victorious team. She said now the next generation was carrying on the legacy with this great new development and she appealed for as much support as possible for the new Shelmalier Development Lotto despite the bad economic climate, as communities needed local clubs, like the GAA, as a great leveler and she wished us success for both ventures.
Tony Dempsey thanked Shels for the invitation and said it was a significant honour to be associated with the Shelmaliers and especially for this year celebrating the 1910 victory. He said that it was an occasion of remembering the past and planning for the future. He said that the new Shelmalier Development Lotto would ensure that the magnificent development ongoing at Hollymount would continue into the future and would be of enormous benefit to the entire parish. He encouraged everybody in the parish to support the new lotto when it begins on the 15th February 2010.
He also said there is a great difference between our cultures and others; you can play soccer and rugby for example anywhere in the world but Hurling and Gaelic football is uniquely Irish.
He said it was a very different time in 1910, there was a record 10,000 people at the final and a record gate of £300. With the team having lost in 1891, 1892 and 1901 it was much harder to come back on foot of these defeats. He quoted Fr. Kavanagh that day as saying to the men of Castlebridge, go out and do it well. Tony mentioned two of our hurling greats Jack Harding and Seamus Hearne and said they were the link from the past to the present and these are the men who have given us as a club, our identity and that in 100 more years’ time our clubmen will be still using the facilities we are developing now.
New Development Lotto Chairman Larry Banville thanked everyone for coming and said that the new development lotto will be supported by the parish for the parish and that all monies raised and won would be going back into the parish. He appealed to all the people living in the parish to support the continued development at Hollymount. He ran a dummy run of how the lotto would run with the proceeds going on this occasion to Haiti appeal. Amidst much fun and ado the two winners on the night were Annie Kavanagh and Kenny Hearne both winning a Shelmaliers lotto ticket for the year. A great sum of €590 was raised from the floor and this was presented to Fr. Fitzpatrick to pass on to the Haiti appeal.
Thanks to Hotel Curracloe and staff and to Lar Kenny for the music, a great night was had by all.