Sunday, April 22, 2007

GAA Awards Night 2007 - room for dinner dance pics here
The 2nd Annual GAA dinner dance was held on Saturday 3rd March in Poulaphouca House. While last year’s event was all about players and victories past, I think this year’s will be remembered for its style and glamour. With 110 people in attendance, both gents and ladies dressed to impress!
The evening started with a buffet dinner in the newly refurbished function room in Poulaphouca House. The food was tasty and the service was quick, exactly as requested. A number of people also commented on how well the tables were laid out and decorated. Thanks to Rita and all of the staff involved. Also, thank you to Caroline Deegan for a great job on security!

Tom O’Rourke was our MC for the evening and having welcomed the crowd, Eddie Hubbard was called on to present the first set of awards.
The following awards were presented for Ballymore GFC:
Young Player of the Year Danny Gorman
Senior Player of the Year Tadhg Grace
Club Person of the Year Tim Gorman
There were also 2 special presentations made during the evening to Mick Hyland and Gus Kavanagh.

It was now the turn of the ladies with Paul Fagan and Noel Winders presenting the following awards for Ballymore Ladies GFC:
Young Player of the Year Megan O’Neill
Senior Player of the Year Ann Marie Gorman
Club Person of the Year Sharon O’Donoghue
Captain of Ballymore Ladies, Aisling Rigney, made a special presentation on behalf of the team to Noel Winders who stepped down as manager this year.

Eddie Hubbard made a speech highlighting that although there was no silverware on display this year, he felt there was a new spirit in Ballymore GAA. He also commended Tim Gorman on the amount of work and effort he puts into the club on a daily basis.

And so it was Epic’s turn to entertain and entertain they did. As is usual on these occasions, it can take the crowd a while to warm-up so Damien attempted to ‘OOOOOH AAAAAAH’ people onto the floor. It didn’t take too long for the ladies to take the initiative and they remained on the dance floor for the rest of the night. While the ladies were rocking the night away, the lads did a great job of propping up the bar….I’m not sure I’ve seen that many all girl pairings waltzing since my school musical!

Everyone was having so much fun, the raffle was forgotten about until the last minute. Thanks to all who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets on the night, the cost of an evening like this are rarely covered by the entrance tickets alone.
Thank you also to Tom O’Rourke who’s presenting and social skills would give Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) a run for his money and also to Christy Dennison who took the photos on the night.

For the players and mentors, the dresses and shirts will go back in the wardrobe for another year and the style will have to be shown on the pitch! It’s the people who turn up on the night that make these events a success and it was a great crowd this year. Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to see you all again next year.

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