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Cranford AC held a very successful Awards Night in the Beach Hotel in Downing on Friday last. Myles Gallagher our MC for the night thanked everyone for coming along and called on Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle to present the first award of the night to best attender at training Orla Neely and for his commitment to training and winning a Bronze medal at the Donegal cross country, the most improved athlete of the year went to Oran McMenamin. Noel McGinley presented the next award to a talented all round performer and for her success in February 2017 at the National development cross country event in Waterford where she won an individual medal to Molly Trearty. Eoin Kelly was also presented with an Achievement Award. Eoin has competed all through Juvenile age groups and at all levels and this year took up a new event, the 400m hurdles where he won a National u19 Bronze medal in Tullamore. Ian McGarvey made presentations to Allan Neely on behalf of Johnny McGroddy who has competed with merit for many years in Track and Field, Cross Country and indoor events and this year won a National silver team medal and Caolan McFadden who is a keen and consistent runner, he was the recipient of a county board achievement award earlier this year, has won a National Cross Country Gold Team medal and gold Ulster team medal running out of his age at Abbotstown and an Individual bronze medal and u11 silver team medal in Waterford. Annette Lafferty made the next presentation to a top competitor and talented all round athlete Miah Fletcher. She was also the recipient of a County board achievement award, came 17th running out of her age at the National cross country Championships and a Gold medal for the regional team in Abbotstown, at the Uneven age group event in Waterford she won an individual 6th place medal, a bronze Ulster team and silver donegal team medal Danny Lafferty was our guest of honour. He was thanked for his continued support and sponsorship since the 1990s which was much needed and gratefully accepted. He made his premises available for meetings, presentation nights and celebrations over the years. Small rural clubs rely heavily on benefactors like Danny Lafferty and the Lafferty Family and we are extremely grateful for their generosity down the years. Danny then made presentations to Aoife Giles who won Joint juvenile girl in recognition of her County, regional and national achievements. She has been a Medal winner for many years and this year was the recipient of a county board achievement award, won National Gold u14 Shot put at indoors in Athlone, and at Tullamore came 6th place in the javelin and won Bronze in the shot put. Teresa Mullen was the other worthy joint winner of Joint Juvenile girl. Teresa had a promising first year at Cranford and last year had an incredible season where she brought an intense focus to training and competition. She won a County board achievement award earlier this year, a Bronze in the National Indoors in Athlone in the long jump and in Tullamore won a National Gold and the National Title in the u13 girls long jump. Our next award winner has been a National top performer for a number of years despite his young age whether it be at Cross county, indoor, on the tartan track or on the long jump. With his quick smile, focus and competitive nature the award went to Oisin Kelly for Juvenile Boy of the year. Oisin was a County board achievement award recipient earlier this year and done the double when he won National titles in the U14 800m indoors and 1500m indoors when he won Gold in both events. Best female Athlete of the year went to Bridie Trearty who has won numerous titles at all levels throughout the years and this year won a Silver Ulster medal and a National masters cross country bronze medal at Waterford. She was also the winner of the Winifred Gallagher Memorial on Boxing Day. Club Person of the year went to a very worth winner in the shape of Rose Gavaghan. Rose continues to give her time, energy and knowledge and has been an active member of Cranford AC for over 4 decades. She was an outstanding athlete and later became mentor, coach and has held most Club committee positions throughout her time at Cranford since joining the club as a 7 year old juvenile. She excelled in both cross country and track and has competed at all levels. She was the first Donegal female athlete to win a Ulster senior title and went on to win 3 Ulster titles in a row. She led many teams to win senior titles with Donegal and was a Donegal record holder in the 1500m. She has represented Ireland and Northern Ireland on 6 occasions. Earlier this year she combined her love of golf and Cranford AC when she put in a massive effort to organize a Golf classic at Dunfanaghy Golf Club where she raised a huge amount of money for the club. Rose was a very popular recipient of Club Person of the Year. Danny Lafferty then spoke and said it was a great privilege to be involved with the club. He acknowledged that a small band of people have kept the club running for 57 years. He said the coaching staff and club officials were the epitome of what is good about the small club and that Joe and Geraldine Boyce, Ernie McElhinney, Rose Gavaghan and Bridie Trearty had dedicated many years to the club. He said the club would not survive with help of parents who have been very loyal through the years supporting the athletes and that the children need the parents to bring them to training and to competitions. 57 years ago a bunch of fellas landed in Cranford looking to start a club and all the athletic clubs in Donegal came from Cranford. One man at the back of it all is Eamon Giles. He has soldiered for that time to keep club alive. Cranford has been his heartbeat and hopefully will continue to be for many years. He said the great excitement of winning medals and titles is what keeps the club going. Eamon Giles then thanked Myles Gallagher for conducting proceedings, which he has done for many years. He thanked Geraldine and Joe Boyce for looking after the presentations. He said he was lucky to have a great team around him and the amount of success the club has achieved is tremendous. He hopes the athletes stick with us. He knows we have a long way to go but would love to see a senior team winning medals back at Cranford. He thanked everyone who had helped with presentations, Sponsors who support us throughout the year. He talked about Danny and the Lafferty family and said we wouldn’t be afloat without them and it’s great that they are still here with us. He thanked the Beach Hotel for their support throughout the year. We are always made very welcome. He thanked Frank Casey for the training area, we are very much indebted to him. Great to have such a safe place for the children to train and he’d like to acknowledge his support. He thanked Francis Diver for coming every year to take the photos and to the Tirconnel Tribune for their continued support. He said we had very good parents behind the young people that are always willing to help out and how good it was to see the progress of the young athletes and the camaraderie between young and old in the club. He said he couldn’t have a better squad of people around him. He thanked the officials, the PROs for all their work with communications and Shauna Giles for making out the certificates. He finished by thanking all who had turned up for the presentation night and reminded everyone that next Sunday, 4th March we are all heading to Glaslough to hopefully claim back the Juvenile cup. Gerry McMonagle then spoke. He thanked the club for the invite. He said it was wonderful to see so many young people and the investment by parents, coaches, mentors and sponsors. Clubs wouldn’t survive without the sponsors and he thought it was wonderful we acknowledge that. Sport across the county is run by volunteers who are out all the time working to help nurture children and he offered his thanks to all those people. People who are involved make good friends and are more respectful. Top athletes from Ireland are known throughout the world and each and everyone could achieve that and he would encourage children to keep up sport. The council have invested funds in recent years and will continue to do so. He wished us well and paid a special tribute to Eamon Giles for his commitment to the club and wished us many long successful years ahead. Ernie McElhinney made a presentation to Gerry McMonagle, Noel McGinley and Ian McGarvey, Joe Boyce then made a presentation to Annette Lafferty, Francis Diver, Myles Gallagher and Daragh McClaffery (Beach Hotel), Eamon Giles presented appreciation awards to Shauna Giles, Mairead Giles, Claire Neely, Rose Gavaghan, Tara Fletcher, Sally Trearty and Dymphna Gallagher after which he closed up proceedings by wishing g everyone a safe journey home.

Cranford Ac Athletes receiving their certificates from Mairead Giles

Cranford Ac Athletes receiving their certificates from Mairead Giles

Cranford AC Athletes receiving their certificates from Claire Neely

Cranford AC Athletes receiving their certificates from Claire Neely

 

Cranford AC Athletes receiving their certificates from Rose Gavaghan.

Cranford AC Athletes receiving their certificates from Rose Gavaghan.

 

Cranford Ac Athletes receiving their certificates from Tara Fletcher

Cranford Ac Athletes receiving their certificates from Tara Fletcher

 

Cranford Ac Athletes receiving their certificates from Sally Trearty

Cranford Ac Athletes receiving their certificates from Sally Trearty

 

Orla Neely and Oran McMenamin receiving their award Cllr Jerry Mc Monnigle

Orla Neely and Oran McMenamin receiving their award Cllr Jerry Mc Monnigle

Danny Lafferty receiving his appreciation award from Eamon Giles

Danny Lafferty receiving his appreciation award from Eamon Giles

 

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Some of crowd at the awards night.

Some of crowd at the awards night.

 

Some of the crowd at the award night.

Some of the crowd at the award night.

 

Miah Fletcher receiving her award from Annette Lafferty.

Miah Fletcher receiving her award from Annette Lafferty.

 

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Cranford AC Athletes receiving their certificates from Shauna Giles

Cranford AC Athletes receiving their certificates from Shauna Giles

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