Firies GAA Club Members Hurled Their Lock-down Away!

Tim Clifford, Firies Coiste na nÓg chairman (left) with Gerard Murphy, Vincent & Gerard Murphy Sports, sponsor with: Marcus, Jonathan, Gavin and Paudie O’Sullivan. Team member Conor O’Sullivan missed the photo op.
The winning, O’Sullivan family with Marcus still holding on to the prize with Jonathan and dad Paudie and Gavin O’Sullivan. Conor was also on the winning team.

Cast your minds back to April 2020, as Ireland was striving to cope with a pandemic.

Harsh times for most, let alone families of sporty children who struggled to adapt to this new normal.

Firies Football, Hurling & Ladies Football Club sought a fun, novel activity to occupy families during the crisis.

Fundamental Gaa Skills

“The Firies Family Skills Knockout was fashioned to engage our members whilst creatively practicing their fundamental GAA skills,” said Tim Clifford, Firies Coiste na nÓg chairman.

“It’s a family-based household game and created with this social guideline in mind.

The O’Sullivan family submitted their hurling entry and received overwhelming traction on the club’s social media.

Industrious Master Class

“Paudie, Conor, Gavin and Marcus gave an industrious master class in their entry concentrating on the small ball of GAA,” Tim continued.

“With social guidelines relaxing, their enthusiastic entry finally received its just reward.

“Gerard Murphy, proprietor of Vincent Murphy Sports in Castleisland kindly sponsored the winning prize, presented a voucher to the victorious O’Sullivan family over the weekend.

Mr. Clifford continued to sincerely thank Gerard and his father Vincent for their overwhelming support and encouragement of the club.

Vincent and Gerard in Support

“During harsh and unpleasant times, both Vincent and Gerard have always supported the grassroots of GAA in particular new initiatives and developments especially within our own club.

“Without this support, we cannot strive for success.”

And, finally, Tim concluded with a word of thanks to all of the families who submitted their entries and he applauded all of their efforts.