Field Day for Cordal GAA Club as ‘Wettest Pitch’ is Transformed

It was nearly all about weather in Cordal on Sunday and the Cordal Spring of 2013 was mentioned several times – as was the blessed day that was in it . That wet spring of a couple of years ago resulted in the local GAA grounds being branded ‘The Wettest pitch in Ireland.’

Whether that was true or not at the time is irrelevant – it’s a fact now. It even tripped off the tongues of people like: Diaspora Minister, Jimmy Deenihan,TD; Seán Kelly, MEP and former Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and even the present Uachtarán Aogán O’Fearghail had it – chapter and verse.

It was an O’Donoghue production through and true. The Wettest Pitch in Ireland Youtube sensation was filmed by Richard O’Donoghue on a phone belonging to his cousin, James O’Donoghue – just for the record and the royalties.

Sunday was a day of dignitaries in Cordal as the leading lights of the GAA locally and nationally and their political counterparts sat and stood side-by-side on the lovingly rescued sod of the focal point of life in the community. It was all about The Field.

If pride is a sin, then the confessionals in Cordal should be in overdrive for the foreseeable future. However this is a forgivable kind of pride and one that doesn’t boil down to a narrow base of benefit. It’s a community-wide facility and a gift for generations to come. There was pride in Cordal GAA Club on Sunday and it showed.

They were told how determined and good and how amazingly civic and community spirited they were get the place back from the brink of such a disastrous point in 2013.

While the adults spoke and had photographs taken to mark the occasion, children – flocks of children with blue and gold jerseys were kicking balls around the sides of the field.

Their play stopped and they looked up in sheer admiration as their local heroes were led out of the dressing rooms by Big D’s nephew, Daniel O’Connor and Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin and Philip O’Connor and all the blue and gold brigade. It was a great day in Cordal.

The story of how it got from there to this will be a fascinating one when it’s all told. With the words of encouragement and praise from their distinguished visitors ringing in their ears, Cordal GAA Club members – of all ages and abilities are well entitled to feel proud and to take that bow.

On the weeks of preparation and all the work that went into the day behind-the-scenes, PRO Nora Fealey said that of all the undertakings the club had ever embarked on this was by far the greatest for the club and community.

It was an unbelievable experience from start to finish and I think the club and the community here in Cordal will be much the better for it.”

I think we’re lucky in that we were able to strike a chord with the GAA presidents and the politicians. They are all from small clubs like ours and they understand our situation and we’re very thankful to all of them for making the day what it was,” said Nora.

Nora had a particularly pleasing moment in the run-up to Sunday’s official opening as club secretary, Richard O’Donoghue announced that a glass-framed photograph of the restored grounds and facilities – taken by Nora – was to be presented to Frances Farrell the wife of the GAA President Aogán.

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