Éire Óg Secure Ulster Club Award
On Thursday 4th May Éire Óg Doire Achaidh, Belfast received an Ulster Club Highly Commended Award in the Irish News Club of the Year Awards City Section. Over the last 10 years the South Belfast club have been quietly developing a vibrant youth structure through their own hard work and dedication, an achievement which the Irish news have now recognised and rewarded.
Club Chairman, Michael Ryan, receiving the award from Arthur Mooney of the Mooney Hotel Group
Thanks to having over 100 children attending training on a weekly basis, organising and running underage tournaments and offering free coaching to local primary schools, this recent recognition from the Irish News rubber stamps Éire Óg as one of the leading clubs in terms of their youth infrastructure, not just in Antrim, but in Ulster .
This recognition is a testament to the dedication and commitment displayed by Éire Óg’s committee, members, sponsors and parents. It not only increases the club’s profile and reputation within the GAA but most importantly it proves that working as a unit these essential groups within the structure of the club can provide success both off and on the field.
Conor Wills(Club PRO), Mickey Harte(Tyrone Manager) and Michael Ryan(Club Chairman)
This award can only add strength to the club’s aim of acquiring a playing facility in the local community - an objective that the club believe will become a reality and will both secure the long term future of the club and provide a bright future for Antrim GAA.
The recent reward pays fitting tribute to their dedicated Chairman Pat Rice who died suddenly this year, March 2006. Pat dedicated his whole life to Éire Óg and to the development of the GAA within the community, and this award epitomises Pat’s commitment, work and leadership, qualities to which many within the club and the GAA should strive.