AWARDS NIGHT: Aine Ui Laoithe, Aoife Ni Laoithe, Triona Mangan (Social/Cultural Person of the Year Award), Grainne Ni Laoithe and Lynne Heaphy at the Spa GAA Club Awards Night in The Torc Hotel on Saturday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

It was a great social occasion on Saturday night as the Torc Hotel was the place to be for the Spa GAA Club awards night.

The sixth annual event celebrated their players and hard-working club volunteers.

Andrew Garnett, chairperson of the awards committee was there on the night and told the Killarney Advertiser it was a good night.

“It was well attended,” he said. “There was a great atmosphere and music was provided by the Reel Brothers as well. It’s great to come together and acknowledge what was contributed.”

The organising committee was made of of Andrew, as well as Anne Holland, Ivor Flynn, Mathilda McCarthy, Adrian O’Sullivan and Seanie Kelliher. MC on the night was Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson, a former Spa GAA club player who also played on the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1969 until 1972.

Award winners on the night were as follows;

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dinny Doolan

Social/Cultural Person of the Year: Triona Mangan

Senior Player of the Year (John Doyle Award): Dan O’Donoghue

Ladies Player of the Year: Mags Cronin

Junior Player of the Year (Pat Corcoran Award): Shane Fenton

Young Player of the Year (Aidan Cronin Award): Thomas Cronin

Guests of Honour: Spa Players/Mentor with the 2019 East Kerry Senior Co. Championship Team: 2019 Spa Junior Team (East Kerry League and O’Sullivan Cup Championship Winners) and the 2019 Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Set Dancing Champions

Special Recognition: Michael Foley who was part of the 2019 All-Ireland-winning Kerry Junior Team.

 

Spa players that won the county championship with East Kerry at the Spa GAA Club Awards Night in The Torc Hotel on Saturday night. Front from left are: James Devane, Dan O’Donoghue (Captain), Michael Foley and Sean Cronin (Selector). Back from left are: David Spillane, Evan Cronin Niall McCarthy, Eoin Fitzgerald, David Carroll and Shane Cronin. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson, Denny Doolan (Spa GAA Lifetime Achievement Award), Kathleen Doolan and Michael Cronin (Chairman) at the Spa GAA Club Awards Night in The Torc Hotel on Saturday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh