Ballinaglera honours Fr Duffy

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Ballinaglera GAA celebrates a special milestone this year and does so by honouring the memory of a great servant of the club.

Ballinaglera GAA celebrates a special milestone this year and does so by honouring the memory of a great servant of the club.

It has been 25 years since St Hugh’s Park opened on August 14, 1988. To mark this occasion the club have decided to honour the memory of one of the integral members of the opening of the football field, Fr. Seamus Duffy who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Fr. Duffy was PP in Ballinaglera from 1981 to 1990. During his time in Ballinaglera he was instrumental in the development of the GAA field in the village and he also played a lead role in the fundraising events for the park both at home and in the US.

At the time Fr. Duffy aspired that Ballinaglera would have its own sports field and recreation centre. He said “Here the present future and generations of Ballinaglera boys and girls will have the facilities for sports, games, athletics and healthy competition. Here the grown-ups, the mature boys and girls will enjoy their leisure hours watching and encouraging their young hopefuls.”

As a tribute to his wish and his great foresight an annual 10K run and 4K walk has been organised as part of the Ballinaglera GAA Summer Festival.

This year’s inaugural event will take place on this Sunday at 1pm commencing at St Hugh’s Park Ballinaglera. Registration commences at 11.30 am. Cost of entry is €10 for the run and €5 for the walk with proceeds going to the future running of Ballinaglera GAA Club.

Refreshments will be provided and following this will be the annual family sports day at 3pm.

The 10K is just one part of the Ballinaglera GAA Club Festival which kicked off at the weekend with some very successful events so far. It continues all week long with a table quiz tonight (Wednesday) in Gildea’s at 10pm.

There is also pool competition, variety concert, poker tournament, trad Irish music session and annual sports day. See posters and flyers for full line-up of events.

A lot of work has gone into the inaugural 10K Run/4K Walk so here’s hoping the sun shines next Sunday for the huge crowd that is expected.