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CRANFORD AC CHRISTMAS DRAW

 

Last Friday Cranford AC held their very successful Christmas Draw in the Beach Hotel in Downings.

The night started with a cavalcade with members of Cranford AC assembling in Kilmacrennan to escort our All Ireland Champion Oisin Kelly and all the other National Medal Winners to the Beach Hotel.

The MC for the night was Joe Boyce and he welcomed everyone to the Beach Hotel before handing over the floor to Eamon Giles who thanked everyone for coming and congratulated the athletes on a very successful year culminating in 26 National medals being brought back to the club.

Special thanks to Noel McBride for attending on the night. Noel spoke very fondly of his memories of being a member of Cranford AC as early as 1970 and the success of his brother Brian McBride who was the first member of Cranford AC to win a National Gold medal in the u13 boys cross country event.  Brian now runs North Sligo AC and his son Cian has represented Ireland in athletics.  Noel thanked the coaches, Eamon Giles, Joe Boyce, Ernie McElhinney, Rose Gavigan and Bridie Trearty for their dedication to the club on behalf of the community and athletes and wished them further success in the future.

The draw was then held and the winners were:

Aileen O’Hara, Tanya Thornton, Rionach Giles, Bridie McFadden, Hannah McLaughlin, Colm Kelly, Barry Donnelly, Hannah Neely, Patrick McGinley, Natalia Speers, Mary Gallagher, Bosco Trearty, Bernard Gallagher, Rose Katly, Gretta Toye, Rionach Giles, Seamus Gallagher, Ian McElhinney, Triona Morrissey, Denis Harkin, Dorina McGowen, Neil Doherty, Kathleen Sweeney, Paul Gavigan, Ann McGinley, Killian and Faolan Caldwell, Sean Morrissey and Mary Trearty.

Special thanks to the Beach Hotel for hosting the draw and the children’s party bags, the Gardaí for escorting the cavalcade from Kilmacrennan, the sponsors of the prizes especially all the local businesses and to everyone who bought lines for the draw.

The next event for Cranford AC is the annual Boxing Day run in Cranford Park to which everyone is welcome.  Cranford AC wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and thanks to everyone for their support throughout the year and t o the local press for the coverage of our events.

 

Our all Irelands medal winners.

Our all Irelands medal winners.

boys u/11 team.

boys u/11 team.

Oisin Kelly All Ireland Champion.

Oisin Kelly All Ireland Champion.

Grace Trearty

Grace Trearty

Eamon Giles.

Eamon Giles.

Joe Boyce MC for the night.

Joe Boyce MC for the night.

Noel Mc Bride guest speaker.

Noel Mc Bride guest speaker.

 

Paddy Mc Menamin and John Joe Trearty enjoying the night.

Paddy Mc Menamin and John Joe Trearty enjoying the night.

Gearldine James and Joe.

Gearldine James and Joe.

Joy Mc Elhinney and Mary Moore.

Joy Mc Elhinney and Mary Moore.

The Neely Family Conor,Grace,Caoimhe and Gilbort.

The Neely Family Conor,Grace,Caoimhe and Gilbort.

 

and Mairead presenting the hamper to Brendan Donnelly and Leah Afxentiou.

and Mairead presenting the hamper to Brendan Donnelly and Leah Afxentiou.