Club spirit and box of matches

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    Pics: Donal Foley

    HURLEYS were left to one side for a few hours. Gaelic Footballs were untouched and members of a local GAA Club swapped cogs and runners for dancing shoes.

    And it all worked a treat.

    The third Erin’s Own GAA Outdoor Festival at their Ballycomey home was a bumper success, the best of three great events, attracting 2,000 from Castlecomer and hinterlands for a night that proved to be an alfresco smash hit.

    There was a brilliant line-up of entertainment, The Riptide Movement, Hothouse Flowers, Oski Bravo, Sean O’B and DJ Welshy.

    Lovers of hot music and cold comfort loved every minute of the show.

    And as those who paid in got great value for money, a corps of volunteers, members of Erin’s Own staged their own show of club and community pride as they manned bars, did stewarding, prepared and served food, with not a soul being paid the price of a box of matches.

    But the willing team of men and women, a vital part of a successful fundraiser, was rewarded on the following morning.

    They were welcomed back to Ballycomey to help with a tidy up, ensuring that all was back to normal for the camogie, hurling and Gaelic Football boys and girls who make up the 30-teams at the heart of the proud club that is Erin’s Own GAA.