The GAA exists and thrives due to the massive effort which countless volunteers put into the many facets of organising the activities of clubs. The work of some of these volunteers is more high profile than others but all are equally necessary and appreciated.
In Naomh Olaf many players and mentors of our own teams but more often many who are attached to opposing teams, remark on the quality of the pitch surfaces and markings which are provided for them in Naomh Olaf.
This is due to the largely unseen work of a small group of volunteers who work tirelessly in the background to maintain, cut, line and mark our pitches.
Gone are the days where the the positioning of the ball for a 45 or a 65 was a matter of conjecture and a subject of conflict between the players of opposing teams and a mystery to the referee! Gone also are the days when the goalkeeper was to be seen ankle deep in muddy water for 60+ minutes or worse still having to dive into water to effect a save.
It is not a difficult task to thank those responsible for our excellent playing surfaces. Chief among these are Mick Whyte, Larry Kinsella, Joey Jackson and Tom Culligan (pictured top), Pat Kavanagh and Bill O'Brien and this newsletter would like to pay particular respect to them and to the un-named others who also assist as we embark on a return to training and to the enjoyment of matches.