Sheridan, Hannon and Murray take 2013 titles

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What a day! Once again, the annual All-Ireland Kick Fada competition was a huge success and everyone associated with Bray Emmets GAA Club can be proud of the fantastic event which took place. 
In front of a large crowd, Damien Sheridan from Longford claimed the fourteenth title with the Dromard Clubman breaking the world record by three metres with a kick of 75 metres to overcome a top-class field of inter-county footballers including Kerry’s Brendan Kealy, Laois duo Ross Munnelly and MJ Tierney, Crossmaglen and Armagh stars Paul Hearty and Tony Kernan, Paddy O’Rourke of Meath, Wicklow’s Tony Hannon, Cavan’s Shane Duffy and Shane Nallen of Mayo. Louth's Sean Connolly finished second with Paul Durcan of Donegal in third place and Connolly can consider himself unlucky as he also broke the previous record of 72 metres. The international event was won by New York's Patrick Murray, who edged out Declan Traynor of London into second place. They were joined by the winners of our international competitions Stephen Feeney of London, Mark McKee from Spain and Brian Murphy representing the Canadian GAA. 2012 winner Serena Hannon from the Clan na Gael Fontenoy Club retained the Ladies title with a huge 51 metre kick beating Hannah Tyrrell from Round Towers GAA Club to second place and third place going to Geraldine Norton from Wicklow. A special mention too to Kate McKay who travelled from Canada to compete and did her home county of Down proud with a great performance. Vincent Wall, of sponsors the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), was on hand to present the various winners with their awards and also took time to officially present a set of jerseys to our Senior Hurlers. 
On the day, a number of juvenile games took place which added to the atmosphere for the main event and our thanks to the players and mentors for helping to make the day an even bigger success. The Senior Footballers also treated the crowd and watching kickers to an entertaining win over Hollywood while the barbecue in the Clubhouse was in full swing. Later, the Club made special presentations to commemorate the anniversaries of two victorious Bray Emmets teams of the past: the 1963 Junior Hurlers and the 1973 Intermediate Footballers. The former players present were very well received and it was very fitting to mark these two special occasions in the Club’s history. Prior to the music and entertainment, we were treated to selected readings detailing the famous Polo Grounds All-Ireland Final of 1947, very appropriate on the day we had international kickers attend the Kick Fada event for the first time.
The Club would like to thank the many members and volunteers who manned stalls, prepared food, directed traffic, provided lifts, assisted in the Club Shop, served drinks, etc. as without your efforts, the day would not be the top class event we host. We look forward to doing it all again in 2014!