Ballaghmore came out in large numbers on Sunday May 18, to join in the celebrations for the official opening of Kyle GAA clubhouse and playing field.
The field and clubhouse was in immaculate condition for the arrival of Uachtarán Cumann Luthcleas Gael Mr Liam O Neill. Festivities started at 5pm with musical entertainment from Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála Ballaghmore followed by musical entertainment from Camross Comhaltas. Former Offaly goalkeeper Eoin Kennedy stood between the posts for a beat-the-goalkeeper competition to the delight of all the juveniles. There was a hurling match at 6pm between Borris/Kilcotton and Ballyskenach/Killavilla which was keenly contested. At half time Camross Comhaltas treated us to a few more lively tunes.
Mr Liam O Neill then presented a souvenir plaque each to the two captains as a memento of the occasion. MC for the day, John Paul Nevin then directed the crowd to the unveiling of a beautiful stone in memory of the Kyle ‘51 team by members of the players’ families, before Fr Michael Harding and Rev. Hewson blessed the field and clubhouse. Vice Chairman Mr Tadgh Quinlan gave us a snapshot of Kyle’s history to date and, representing Laois GAA, Mr Jody Conway praised the club for all its hard work and wished them continued success in the future. Our penultimate speaker was an emotional Chairman Mr Mark Delaney who thanked everyone for their wonderful support and vowed to continue the great work done by the past Gaels in Kyle and hoped that Kyle GAA would go from strength to strength in the future. Lastly John Paul introduced An Uachtarán Cumann Luthcleas Gael to the crowd who gave him a rapturous ovation. Liam spoke of his great relationship with Kyle over the years and was glowing in his praise for the present committee for all their endeavours. A special word of thanks to Mr Pat Joe Whelan who composed a poem Kyle Abú especially for the occasion. We would also like to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors Delaney’s Machinery of Ballaghmore.