June 2023 50th Anniversary Celebrations - 29/06/2023

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Eastern Harps GAA Club wishes to acknowledge and sincerely thank everyone who was involved in our 50th anniversary. Firstly, our thanks to Fr. Gabriel Mutphy, Fr. Joe Caulfield and Canon Andrew Ison for organising a very special  Ecumenical Service.  To all those Club members who took part in the readings and prayers, a sincere thanks. The service was greatly enhanced by the beautiful  music and song provided by the choir and local musicians John Dwyer, Ronan Dwyer, and Seamus O'Donnell, led  by organist Maureen O'Dowd. They put a huge amount of preparation into the ceremony, which was obvious to all in attendance, and we wish to acknowledge and thank them all most sincerely. Their rendition of "My Old Sligo Home," rearranged for the occasion, was one of the highlights of the night. Thank you to all  fourteen participants in our panel discussion "Through the Decades with Des." Interviewer Des Horan did a brilliant job and put in a lot of work in the background researching and preparing for the event. Finally, re Friday evening our thanks to all those who assisted with stewarding, carparking, and not forgetting  those who served and provided refreshments. 
On Saturday morning, we held a symbolic walk from Gurteen pitch to the clubhouse in Keash. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and also to the stewards for their invaluable assistance.  A big thank you to Kieran McGill and John Judge for providing safety vehicles and the PA system. Kevin Gag Gallagher deserves a special mention for his solo run, a major achievement. The announcement of prizewinners of the Kerry McKeon Essay competition took place outside the clubhouse Saturday afternoon. We congratulate all the participants and overall winner Connor McDonagh. Thank you to Mary & PJ McKeon and family for their attendance. The day was rounded off with an under age kids Blitz and our thanks to Linda and Ross Donovan for all their great work in this regard and for arranging the ice cream van. Again, a huge thank you to everyone who, in any way, assisted the club in our celebrations. Lastly, our hard-working 50th anniversary committee deserves a special mention, go raibh maith agaibh.