Mother Nature saved her cruelest joke for the June bank holiday weekend but even the rain that sputtered in Carrigtwohill GAA grounds last Sunday evening couldn’t put a dampener on the inaugural Camán Till Dawn. The weather was the perfect conversation starter and in the context of a community event aimed at encouraging people to talk to one another, it could be considered a blessing in disguise.
Festivities began with the youngest members of the juvenile club playing street leagues with a bouncy slide, food stalls and on-stage DJ in the background. The odd brolly punctuated a sea of blue and gold and the white and orange of the Camán Till Dawn t-shirts that were worn like a badge of honour. Before the first puck was launched there were a series of talks by Dave Sullivan, Carraig Óg PRO and driving force of this event; Pat Horgan, Carraig Óg Chairman; Michael Ahern, Carrigtwohill GAA Chairman; Pat Duffy, Pieta House; Sarah Cromwell, Caring for Carrigtwohill, as well as Cork’s Valerie Mulcahy and Niall McCarthy. The message was simple; it’s ok to not be ok and there are people who are willing to listen and want to help.
Former All-Star Niall McCarthy took the first puck at dusk and even managed to get in a bold hook on Club President, Eddie O’Riordan. Thereafter, club members of all ages kept pucking in the ball alley until dawn, shortly after 5am. The culmination of the hard work, preparation and dedication of the Camán Till Dawn committee, the Juvenile Club and its officers was a joy to behold and a template for others to follow. The Adult Club would like to commend them on their success and innovation in raising awareness of the importance of mental health and providing much-needed funds (nearly €2000 at www.gofundme.com/caman) for Pieta House. They got the message across.
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Many thanks to Pádraig De Búrca for use of his photos.