North London Shamrocks club notes

March 11, 2019

NLS club notes: March ‘19

 

NLS annual dinner dance took place on the evening of Saturday March 9th. A fantastic evenings food and entertainment was provided and the event was a huge success for all of the clubs supporters. 

 

During the speeches our chairman, Tom Kilcommons provided an update on the successes of the club over the past year; the senior team qualifying for a county championship semi-final and league final and the reserve team winning the county championship. Reflections were shared on the positive outlook for the underage sector where the club now have the second most number of youth players in London. He also thanked all of the clubs sponsors without whose support the continued successes would not be possible. 

 

NLS would like to thank our special guest for the evening, Willie Joe Padden. Willie Joe shared reflections on the diaspora throughout the UK and the world and also how the GAA club continues to be a stable base, community and a fabulous support structure for any immigrants. Indeed he commented on current pressures and commitments young working professionals can have and in light of these how it can be harder to commit to the GAA in large cities, such as London, compared to communities back in Ireland. With the week that’s in it Willie Joe also regaled us of a tale of the “Cheltenham 5” from his own playing days with Mayo. 

 

Award winners on the night included James Hynes & Brendan Phillips who won the Players of the Year trophies and Michael Duffy who was awarded Clubman of the Year. Congratulations to all. 

 

The club would like to pass on its condolences and sympathies to the family of Jarlath O’Hora, who sadly passed away last weekend. At dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

 

The club would like to offer best wishes to Lloyd Colfer in his new role with Wexford GAA. Lloyd contributed plenty to the club and especially the playing teams during his time with us. Good luck for the future. 

 

On the playing side, the preliminary championship fixture will likely take place before Easter. Updates on the fixture will be posted on social media once confirmed. 

 

Training for the season continues and NLS are actively recruiting new players. If you're located in North London and interested in joining then contact management - Tom Kilcommons (07944 294795), or Kenny Fagan (07805 198158) or email [email protected]

For more information on the club search for us on Facebook and Twitter (@theshamrocks1) or visit our website www.theshamrocks.co.uk 



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