We held the Bank of Ireland Awards in the clubhouse on Saturday and it was another great night for the club. The highlight was Michael Stuart winning Club Person of the Year and Christy Reilly was selected to our Hall of Fame for long and committed service to Sylvesters and Dublin GAA. We seated 150 for dinner in the upstairs lounge thanks to the excellent catering of Mary Byrne and the food was really good and served quickly, thanks Mary and your very pleasent staff. Lisa McIntyre and Darragh McGrath were the hosts and they were absolutely brilliant. Big big thanks to Aileen O'Flynn, Francine Shelly, Declan Ryan, Frank Down and Gary Penrose for a very polished event, it surely sets a template for many more like this. Big thanks to Bank of Ireland for once again sponsoring Syls. Thanks also to the Oasis Group, DAA and Audi North for all your support and encouragement. Congratulations to all the players and best of luck in 2014.
Fifth Annual Awards Night at St Sylvesters . . . congratulations to all the nominees and winners
Congratulations to Conor Mullarkey and Colm Byrne on being awarded Minor Footballer and Hurler honours for 2012 at the medal presentations on Saturday last (remember these were deferred from the Awards Night due to the lads playing in the minor football final). Congratulations to all the players who had a very successful year in both codes.
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests it is a great honour for me to welcome you all here this evening to what I expect will be a very enjoyable and convivial evening. There has been yet again a tremendous response to this year’s event and I would like to thank you all for your support.
And, as our chairman and leader Eddie Sullivan reminded us, we're not done yet!!! No pressure Gabriel and Derek, but . . AFL3, U21, Senior League . . yes please. There were so many successes to celebrate . . Brian Colgan, Clubman of the Year, Sinead's All Star, Darren Clarke Footballer of the Year, Ian McCafferty Hurler of the Year, Michael Howard's tribute to Hall of Famer Billy Reyburn, 39 players nominated over 13 categories, GAA President Christy Cooney's words of congratulations and encouragement, Marty Morrissey's smooth compeering, the overall organisation (Susan, Joan, Bonnie, Gabriel, Francine, Anthony, Leonard, Louise, I'm sure there are many more), and of course, Cathal O'Donnell who chairs the adult games . . . Gabriel sent our best wishes to Inter full back and former club captain, Nicky Cleere . . . and John Keenan pulled it all together with this really cool presentation . . . Hats Off . . .Kudos . . . Syls Abú
Club Chairman Eddie Sullivan supplied his address for those who were not present.
Put simply, it was a smashing event, full house, flawless organisation, great craic and we managed to celebrate and honour many of our achievements in 2010. Micháel Gaffney who almost single handedly saved our bacon, Sinead's All Star and All Ireland success, Gary's All Ireland (and Niamh McEvoy's of course), Airy Cleere's marvelous summary of our football journey, Brian Danaher having the craic with Marty Morrissey and the highlight for all was Nicky Cleere walking to the stage to take the Personality of the Year Award. He didn't stop there, he kept us amused with his comments on the past year, the support he has received from all sports, his brothers and family and his challenge to the footballers he lead so well for so long - Win the Championship. Marty asked Nicky to join him on the Saturday Show on RTE - we'll let you know.
Well Sylvesters, You dun it again. Another great night out, some very well deserved awards and recognition for our players, words of encouragement from the great Pillar Caffrey and Dublin Chairman Andy Kettle, and the usual top class organisation from Eddie Sullivans committee and the Grand Hotel. Aonghus McAnally compered and amused us and thanks to John Keenan for the pictures and the flawless presentation.