Saturday the 13th June saw a grouping of over one hundred travel from Clann Eireann to Navan racecourse in support of Clann Eireanns Raceday which was organised as the main stay of a series of fundraising events to assist juvenile members and coaches of the clubs Handball Section travel to The World Handball Championships which will be held in Calgary Canada in August of this year.
With the weather fair coaches departed from the Social club around 12pm on the day for what proved to be a packed schedule and a most enjoyable day. Patrons enjoyed light refreshments on route and were provided with a hot buffet lunch upon arrival served in our own private bar and lounge with a clear view of the racetrack. Whilst it is reported that the punting was hit and miss , the day itself was extremely well received by all in attendance. Leaving the course around 7pm the party travelled back arriving at the Social Club around 9pm to enjoy a buffet supper as well as entertainment provided by Gerard Leathem Jun and a disco.
Patrons who travelled to the course or indeed purchased a ticket were entered into a cash draw with a first prize of £1000.00 won by Seamus McAtavey and a secondary prize of £500.00 won by Joe McCrory. The Handball Section would wish to convey a huge thank you to everyone who travelled and supported the day. Special thanks must go to Mark Mc Cann and Kevin O Loan for their expert organisation of the entire event . Thanks must also go to Joe Brady Bar Manager and all of his bar staff who looked after us prior to departure and again on the night.
The event itself has proved to be an enjoyable experience for everyone so much so that there have been numerous requests from our patrons and supporters to make it an annual event.
The Handball Committee and members of the Handball Section would wish to acknowledge with sincere thanks the assistance and sponsorship of the following individuals and organisations.
First Trust Bank, Market St, Lurgan
Gallery & Campbell Solicitors, Market St, Lurgan
St Mary’s JHS, Lurgan
St Pauls JHS, Lurgan
Lurgan Credit Union
The GAA Store, Carn
NU Clean, Newry
Daly Park & Co, Market St, Lurgan
Desmond Tipping & Son, Windsor Ave, Lurgan
Wilson Salt, Belfast
St Michael’s Grammar School, Lurgan
Stephen Magee Electrical, Cornakinnegar Rd, Lurgan
Café Vibe, William St, Lurgan
Campbell Bulk Haulage Keady
The Principal and Teaching Staff of Tannaghmore PS, Lake St, Lurgan
Kind donations from The Friends of Clann Eireann Handball Club