CLUB NOTES 1.3.11
Our annual dinner dance took place in the community centre on Saturday night last and was a resounding success. It was great to see such former greats as Packie Ford, Francie Ward, Jemmy Markey, Kevin McCabe and John McArdle back in the Drumhowan fold. Guests of honour included surviving members of the 1960 junior double winning team who were presented with a small memento t o mark the occasion by club Chairman Gerry Finnegan. Medals were also presented to the St Pats minor team, winners of the 2010 minor league Division II title. Also honoured were newly weds Matthew and Sharon Lambe and Michael and Alison Ward. Those members of the 1960 team who have passed on to their eternal reward were not forgotten and family members received presentations on their behalf. A good night was had by all in the very congenial surroundings of the newly refurbished community centre, which is a great tribute to the work of the development association.
Training for U-12s and U-14s continues every Monday evening at 7.00pm. All players are requested to attend.
The Late Patsy “Dan” Duffy R.I.P.
The members of Drumhowan Geraldines GFC and the wider community were greatly saddened on hearing the news of the death of Patsy Dan on Monday morning last. Although not unexpected, it nevertheless came as a shock to us all. Patsy was a founder member of the club in 1953 and has been an ever present, important and respected member ever since. It is particularly poignant that whilst his friends and teammates from the 1960 all-conquering team were being honoured within shouting distance of his home, Patsy was preparing for his final “match”. A talented player and great exponent of the high catch, Patsy played at centre field and was an important and central figure in our success that year. He also took a keen interest in amateur dramatics and played many major roles on stage as a member of the Ballintra Players. He was ever present at all Drumhowan matches and training sessions over the years where, along with his brother Peter, he ensured that the dressing rooms and pitch were properly prepared and laid out. To his brother Peter, sister Theresa, sister-in-law Mary, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, we extend or heartfelt sympathies. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dhilis