Future is theme for brilliant teams of GAA heroes

Judges Seamus Brophy, Tracey Millea and Dr Seathrun Ó Casaide with MC Alan Short

By Jimmy Rhatigan

All pics: Martin Doheny

BUILDING for future generations had to be the theme for a brilliant team of parishioners and GAA Club members who rocked Lyrath Estate on Friday.

Occasion was Danesfort GAA Club’s Lyp Sync Battles, a fantastic night of entertainment which saw over 50 enthusiasts on stage, aged 16 to 80, and attracted a hugely enthusiastic audience of over 1,000.

The fund-raiser was for an ambitious club development project for which planning permission was granted earlier this year and which is now out to tender.

A complex at the club GAA Ground in Danesfort will shortly include four new dressing-rooms, indoor astroturf, hall, gym and ancillary facilities.

It is a parish and club programme and if the Herculean efforts, hard graft and super amateur professionalism that was in evidence at Lyrath Estate is anything to go by then the enterprising band of volunteers and their cousins will eventually boast one of the finest GAA Centres in our county.

On a brilliant value for money night, men, women and children who had rehearsed twice a week for the last six weeks, did themselves, their families and club proud as they provided superb entertainment for an appreciative audience.

Overall winner was a group called Under Pressure that included Rob O’Keeffe, Maurice Woodcock, Michael Moylan and Tommy Ryan.

Revenue winners, those who collected most sponsorship, were The Spice Girls while the prize for the best costume went to MC Hammer.

“It was hard work but very worthwhile,” club PRO Breda O’Neill told The Reporter.

“The club and parish response was fantastic,” Breda said. “People of all ages were brilliant, we had lots of sponsors and helpers and great workers who helped in all kinds of ways. We are so grateful to them all, fair play to everyone concerned.”

The GAA Club has a huge array of teams in hurling and camogie, ranging from U6, right up through every age group to senior level.”

Entertainment on the night was also provided by an excellent choir called The Lady Desart.