Presentation of recent Ballon GFC lotto win to Dion Zerafa.
17/3/16 – Muckfest
On Saturday night 27th of February Ballon mens and Ballon ladies GFC’s attended their annual dinner dance and awards night in the lovely surroundings of the Lord Bagenal Hotel in Leighlinbridge.
102 patrons sat down and after the excitement of the 2016 general election, the Bagenal was declared a politics free zone for a few hours as the 2015 GAA season was reviewed and the men and women of Ballon danced till the small hours to the great music of local band Big Slick.
Chairman Billy Fanning welcomed the committee, sponsors, supporters and of course players of the Ballon clubs. From the mens point of view he promised no stone would be left unturned in the clubs quest to win back the 2016 Carlow junior championship and return the club to the upper levels of Carlow GAA.
John Dunphy from Carlow GAA then spoke and congratulated the club on their continued development and wished the clubs well for 2016.
Ladies chairperson Hilary Griffin then spoke on the ladies continued development. A special award of appreciation was made to Pat Doyle and a lovely bouquet of flowers was given to Frances Doyle. The ladies players awards went to junior player Caoimhe Redmond and senior player Fiona Kennedy. Both choices were well deserved.
The mens awards were then announced. Young player was Dan O’Conner, junior player was James Doyle and intermediate player went to Paul Lyons. All three were acclaimed as popular choices.
The last award of the night was club person of the year and this went to long serving and hard working Tommy Maher Snr and Bridie Maher also received a lovely bouquet of flowers. The club is indebted to the likes of Tommy and the number of other volunteers that do so much unseen work to keep the club going.
The night finished up with singing and dancing until the wee small hours of Sunday morning.