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Cork City Council hosts Civic Reception for Blarney GAA Club

Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception on Tuesday, 24th March 2009 in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork, for Blarney GAA Club to mark the club’s victory in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Final 2008.

 2009 Blarney Gaa chair + 

Michael O’Mahony, Chairman, Blarney G.A.A. Club signing the Visitors Book in the company of  Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Joe O’Callaghan.  Also included in the photograph is John O’Donovan, Corporate Affairs, Cork City Council and Tadgh Hurley, Team Manager.

Cllr. Joe O’Callaghan, deputising for The Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham, was loud in his praise for the achievements of Blarney GAA “ It is a credit to the club and mentors that it has such a strong underage reputation, providing the best community service available to the youth of any community, that of involvement in sport.  Sport has a key impact on people’s lives. It presents opportunities to experience fulfilment, particularly in terms of self-esteem and success, to work with and for others, to gain an appreciation of good sportsmanship and recognition of fair play to challenge oneself in a competitive environment. Sport provides a major tool in tackling social exclusion, in that greater social participation can positively contribute to alleviating the core social exclusion problems. It is one of the few areas where people can come together regardless of race, gender, social class or ability. Those who participate in sport are healthier on average, both physically and mentally.  Sport enhances the quality of life for the individual, community and society. Cork City Council, through its Recreation and Amenity Directorate, has provided many millions of euro over the years in capital grants for sports organisations in the city. It has a dedicated Sports Officer and in central to the revitalised Cork City Marathon and the annual Ocean to City Race and the Lee Swim.  I congratulate the teams involved for their energy and application and the wider teams of trainers, supporters and coaches who brought home the silverware.


I congratulate Blarney GAA on bringing an All-Ireland title back to Cork by winning the 2008 All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship. Cé go bhfuil Cumann Luthcleas Gael ag ceiliúradh 125 i mbliana, tá súil agam nach dtógfaidh sé an achar ama ceann do fhoireann na Blarnan corn a thabhairt ar ais arís go Corcaigh.”

 2009 Blarney Gaa LARGE GROUP


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