By Jimmy Rhatigan
THE 17th Kilkenny Floodlit Soccer League was a huge success on and off the pitch.
Almost 300 games were played on all-weather pitches at the Loreto Convent and Scanlon Park on three evenings a week in league, shield and cup competitions.
Saturday was celebration night at the Set in Langton’s where team and individual awards were presented and a cheque for €15,000 was presented to the O’Neill Centre at Enable Ireland.
The donation, passed on by Eamon Cleere to Therese Shelly of the O’Neill Centre brings the total collected since the project was started by Eamon Cleere and Gerry O’Keeffe to a magic €250,000, a magic quarter of a million.
Heroes of the season were Egan’s Bar, John Street, champions in Division I League, the Floodlit Cup and the Second Division Cup.
Hot on their football heels were Brennan’s Bar, Walkin Street, winners of Division 3 League and Cup.
Shield winners were the Team of Gary Breens, while the Division 2 League was won by JM Steel, Raheenduff, Cuffesgrange.
Individual award winners: Player of the Year Division 1 Mark Andrews, Egan’s; Division 2 Nico Nitu JM Steel; Division 3 Stephen Quirke, Brennan’s Bar.
The Division 1 League Trophy, the James Tynan Memorial Cup was presented by the boy’s parents Pauline and Brendan Tynan.
Twenty four teams played in three divisions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The awards were presented by Kilkenny City Harriers star athlete Brian Mahon and among the attendance was the main sponsor Kevin Morrissey of Morrissey Motors. John Dalton of Chancellors is another generous sponsor.
The 18th season opens in September and new teams will be welcomed by Eamon and Gerry on 087-9582127.