A CHANCE meeting at an intercounty match and again at the 2019 Féile competition led to Marie Hickey, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, visiting Tinryland GFC clubhouse recently.
On Friday 27 September, Hickey was greeted by over 100 Bennekerry-Tinryland ladies club members. Also in attendance were President of Tinryland GFC Joe O’Gorman and the first female Mayor of Carlow, Andrea Dalton.
Visitors received a warm welcome on behalf of the entire community from Yvonne Bullen-Cranny, chairperson of the Bennekerry-Tinryland ladies football club.
“It was a celebration of our club. We are very lucky here in Bennekerry-Tinryland where we can go from under-11 blitzes right up to a senior team,” said Tinryland’s Assumpta Thompson.
The evening began with a presentation of medals to the club’s under-14 Féile girls to mark their achievement in representing their county in Connacht this year. Team members were given a photobook of memories from their Féile year.
Both Marie Hickey and Andrea Dalton were presented with a Taste of Carlow hamper while to mark the LGFA President visit, she was presented with a pendant comprising of eight symbols of Carlow. There were also presentations to members who had contributed to the club in various ways over the course of the year.
“She is very vibrant and very friendly,” said Thompson of the LGFA president. “We were delighted to have hosted this visit. It was a wonderful celebration of ladies football in the club.”
Thompson said the club is constantly looking to expand its membership.
“It has been a great year for the club with the committee working very hard off the pitch and the players working very hard on the pitch. We are always looking for new members. You come in at nine years of age and stay until you are 40 plus.”