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Subject: Cranford presentation Night

Cranford AC Presentation night at the Beach Hotel, Downings on Friday 24th February 2017.

Myles Gallagher was the Master of Ceremonies for the Cranford presentation night for the year 2016 held at the Beach Hotel on Friday.

Certificates were awarded to all the athletes by Mairead Giles, Dymphna Gallagher, Shauna Giles and Claire Neely.

Ernie McElhinney made a special presentation to Marie O Hara, Patricia McGarvey, Mairead Giles, Shauna Giles, Sharon Curran, Marie Kelly, Claire Neely, Terri McFadden, Shauna McClafferty and Sally Trearty for all their help in making the Hamper Draw such a success.

Liam Blaney made a  presentation to Orla Neely for her dedication and competing successfully in both Donegal and Ulster and her great attendance at training. This is the third year in a row Orla has got best attender which shows a massive commitment so well done to her.

Most improved athlete went to Teresa Mullen for her success throughout the year and for coming 4th at the Nationals in Athlone and winning the long jump at the North West Indoor Championships.

Danny Lafferty presented achievement awards to Cian McMenamin, Conor Neely and Molly Trearty for their individual performances at the All Ireland B’s Cross Country Championships and for their consistent hard work in training and good performances both in Donegal and Ulster. Molly also won a Donegal Athletics Achievement Award.

Annette Lafferty presented achievements awards to Max Roarty for being an all round competitor and winning both county and regional medals at Nationals in Abbotstown. Miah Fletcher got an award for her great run in Dundalk coming in 16th place and winning a regional medal and Kevin Logue for his performances throughout the year and getting a bronze regional medal in Dundalk at the National Cross Country Championships.

Noel  McGinley presented achievement awards to Eoin Kelly for his hard work and dedication at training and for his great performance at the Nationals U/19 in Dundalk, getting bronze medals for both county and regional and also receiving a Donegal Athletics Award and to Caolan McFadden in his first ever National Cross Country Championships getting his 4th place individual medal and for leading both the Donegal and Ulster teams home in 1st place. Conor Neely accepted his award on his behalf.

Paddy Marley, guest of honour, presented the Juvenile Girl athlete of the year award to Aoife Giles, one of Cranford’s top attenders at training and for winning medals at county, provisional and national events throughout 2016. Aoife won a gold national medal at the u13shot put indoors in Athlone and at the track and field championships in Tullamore another gold national u13 shot put medal. Aoife also won gold in the North West Indoor Championships and received a Donegal Athletics Achievement Award.

He also presented the Juvenile Boy athlete of the year to Oisin Kelly. Oisin is a determined and enthusiastic young athlete in track and field and cross country. In 2016 he won a Donegal Athletics Achievement Award, a National indoor 600m gold medal, at the track and field championships he came 4th in the long jump then went on to win silver  in the u13 600m race earning another National medal. At the National Cross country championships in Dundalk he had a great run to win the Boys u13 race earning himself another National Title and he also led the Donegal team home to bronze medals and so is a well deserved recipient of the juvenile boy athlete of the year.

The next award went to an unassuming individual who has won numerous County, Ulster and National medals throughout her running career. She was 3rd home in the National Master Cross Country Championships held in Waterford and she was 2nd in the Ulster championship held in Gransha Co Derry  and was the overall winner at the Winifred Gallagher Memorial race so best female masters athlete went to Bridie Trearty. Molly Trearty accepted this award on her behalf.

Eamon Giles was also awarded with an Achievement Award as back in June he was awarded a long serving volunteer award – recognition for his 55 years with Cranford AC.

Club volunteers give their time freely and are always present at training and competitions, they work away quickly and quietly making sure what’s needs to be done is done freeing up time for coaches and for that reason  Club Person of the Year went to Tom Kelly.

Joe Boyce presented an award to Myles Gallagher, Master of Ceremony Supreme, who was a former member of the Cranford Senior team for many years. Cranford AC are honoured that he still associates himself with the club and still offers his support every year.

Eamon Giles presented awards to Sinead Giles for the slideshow on the night.

Special guest Paddy Marley, a native of Woodquarter, Cranford, has been heavily involved with athletics as a skilled and professional administrator at club and national level for over 20 years. He is a former team manager for Ireland and Olympic teams, has won numerous county, provisional and national titles and a senior Irish medal and is a former record holder for the 1500 metres, a record he held for over 20 years.

Ernie McElhinney and Joe Boyce presented gifts to Noel McGinley, Liam Blaney, Darragh McClafferty, Rose Gavaghan, Geraldine Boyce, Francis Diver, Myles Gallagher, Danny Lafferty and Annette Lafferty.

Eamon Giles thanked Myles Gallagher for a great job tonight, Geraldine Boyce for all her hard work, Shauna Giles for doing up the certificates, Paddy Marley and Hugo Duggan for coming. He thanked Francis Diver for taking the photos and for all his coverage in the Tirconnel Tribune throughout the year and thanked all the councillors, the Beach Hotel for their continued support and to Frank Casey for the use of the track in Downings, for which we are all so grateful and lucky to have such a good track. He also thanked Cranford AC main sponsor Creeslough Supermarket.

He concluded by saying he is very proud of all the Athletes. He commended the parents for taking the young athletes to training 3 times a week, thanked his Coaches and said how lucky he was to have such dedicated and loyal helpers. Wishing everyone good luck for the coming season ahead thanked everyone for coming he brought the evening to a close.

The athletes then made a presentation to the coaches Rose Gavaghan, Joe Boyce, Ernie McElhinney, Bridie Trearty and Eamon Giles to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the Club throughout the year.

 

 

Paddy Marley, Aoife Giles, Eamon Giles, Oisin Kelly Molly Trearty and Tom Kelly.

Paddy Marley, Aoife Giles, Eamon Giles, Oisin Kelly Molly Trearty and Tom Kelly.

 

Joe Boyce with Myles Gallagher.

Joe Boyce with Myles Gallagher.

 

Eamon Giles with Sinead Giles.

Eamon Giles with Sinead Giles.

 

Paddy Marley

Paddy Marley

 

Eamon Giles presenting paddy Marley with an apperation award.

Eamon Giles presenting paddy Marley with an apperation award.

Rose Gavaghan Ernie MC Elhiney Danny laffertys Liam Blaney Eamon Giles Joe Boyce Gearaldine Boyce paddy Marley Noel MC Ginley Annette Laffertys and Myles Gallagher

Rose Gavaghan Ernie MC Elhiney Danny laffertys Liam Blaney Eamon Giles Joe Boyce Gearaldine Boyce paddy Marley Noel MC Ginley Annette Laffertys and Myles Gallagher

 

Eoin Kelly Noel MC Ginley and Connor Neely.

Eoin Kelly Noel MC Ginley and Connor Neely.

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Joe Boyce with Myles Gallagher.

Joe Boyce with Myles Gallagher.

 

Hugo Duggan with Jerry Gallagher

Hugo Duggan with Jerry Gallagher