In Spratt’s Bar last Saturday evening there was a strong GAA contingent to congratulate Ciara Brennan, Leah Parker and Aaron Walsh Barry on being the latest winners of the Carrigtwohill Sports Star & Community Awards.
Leah was the July award winner and John McCann of the Sports Star & Community Awards Committee had this to say about her achievements: ”Coached by her father this athlete began her sporting career at aged 7 and has had unbelievable success with Carrigtwohill GAA and in track and field to date. Captaining Carrig under 12 ladies footballers to East Cork glory during the past year, her main interest is athletics and the following achievements show why; this year at under 14 the medal count was County 2 gold 2 silver/ Munster 2 gold/ and All Ireland 1 silver and 1 bronze. Studying the different world and Olympic athletes and putting their techniques into practice 3 times a week on her own new circle constructed by Dad saw her throw the hammer 41 metres to break the Munster record held since 2009 by 9 meters. The other Munster record she holds is the U11 Javelin with a throw of 20 meters which she won in 2014 just aged 9. Further achievements were U10 Munster Silver / U11 Munster 2 Gold / U12 Munster Gold / U12 All Ireland Gold / U13 Munster Gold”. Congratulations to Leah!
Ciara Brennan received the August Award for winning an All-Ireland Minor A Ladies Football Championship medal with Cork. John McCann again introduced her: ”Carrigtwohill ladies Football club of which she is a member say that she is a fantastic role model for the younger players and her value extends way beyond the pitch and she is always on hand to help out whenever needed and the younger players regard her as a legend. A member of the Cork Ladies Minor Football Team she is a talented sports woman and she has been 100% dedicated to the County team for the past number of years. Determined to do well and never gives up on the field of play. This year’s journey began with a first round victory over Waterford which lead to a Munster final v Kerry in Killarney where Cork comprehensively won and were crowned Munster Champions. Cork faced Tyrone in the Semifinals final winning by the narrowest of margins and then Galway in Tullamore in the decider where Cork proved too strong on the day. During her time as a Cork Minor she has collected 2 Munster and 2 All Ireland Medals”. Well done Ciara!
Aaron Walsh-Barry also jointly-received the August award for his exploits with Cork U17s and Cork minors which included two All-Ireland final appearances. John McCann had this to say about Aaron: ”Earlier this year his success began when he won a Munster medal with Cork at U17 and received his All Ireland medal at the same level a few months later. Happy with a job well done but determined to make an impact on the Minor team he started from the bench in the Munster semi-final against reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary but in the second quarter, the Cork manager turned to him to shore up the defence. The rest, as they say, is history. He excelled at wing-back and earned the start in the replay. Another outstanding performance lifted Cork to a 3-point win and their first provincial final since 2008. Thurles was the venue that saw Cork take on Clare with Cork coming away with a 17-point win. He had already cemented his place at no.5 and hurled extremely well as he helped Cork minors end a 9-year drought for a Munster hurling championship. Next up were Leinsters runners-up, Dublin, in the All-Ireland semi-final but he’s and Cork’s class shone through as they emerged victorious, 0-23 to 2-13. Indeed, he will go down in GAA history as one of only 5 players to have started the first ever U17 All-Ireland hurling final and the last ever minor All-Ireland hurling final. It is an incredible achievement and he was also an integral part in lifting Carrig’s minor hurlers to a first county final since 2007”.
Congratulations to Leah, Ciara, and Aaron on their fantastic achievements. Congratulations also to their families and coaches for their hard work and support. Many thanks also to Spratt’s Bar and the Sports Star & Community Awards committee for a fine evening.