Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club’s traditional, annual Family Fun took place on Sunday afternoon in idyllic weather conditions.
It has now become “part and parcel” of Castleisland life. The concept was first envisaged by the late Eugene Leonard many moons ago and he was its driving force in its formative years. How proud Eugene and so many other past members of the club would have been to see such scenes of vibrancy, fun, laughter and delight.
Thanks to them the tradition lives on. It was great to see, not only the children and their parents but also grandparents. James Lyons, Snr. Upper Main Street was present as always. He would have seen his grand-son James Jnr, one of the club’s most dedicated volunteer workers and coaches, so busy attending to his responsibilities.
But there were so many others. Under the baton of Tommy Roche and Mary Browne, Coiste na nOg, Aileen Lynch and Pat Sheehan, Ladies club and a host of volunteers ran a superbly organised event. Also up to their knees in the fun were: Connie Horan, Pat Hartnett, Marty Murphy, Angela Ring O’Donoghue, Denny Lyons and John Breen.
There were many who had torn loyalties as they travelled to Ennis to see Thomas Hickey captain the Kerry Junior team who defeated Clare. Thomas, his family, his club and the entire Castleisland community will be proud to see him lead Kerry on Wednesday evening in Tralee at 7.30pm as they face Cork in the Munster final.