Eoinie Farrell memorial game
On Wednesday 28 December, festive indulgences were sweated off at a game between Maryland GAA and a Wellington/Hutt Valley legends team, held to celebrate the life of Eoin (Eoinie) Farrell who served both clubs with distinction.
Played at TUS Midlands Sports campus, Athlone, it was a lively game throughout. Many of our players hadn't graced the field together in some time – or at all –, but they showed some early promise to take the lead. However, the hosts took command in the second half and strolled to a six-point win (2-19 to 4-7).
Huge thanks to Eoinie's close friend and ex-Wellington/Hutt Valley player John Murray for playing a big part in making the day happen and for coordinating our players for the match.
A big thank you also to former club President Eoghan O'Leary who organised presentations to Maryland GAA and to Eoinie's dad Tom. Big shout out to Siobhán Cotter for making sure a set of Wellington/Hutt Valley jerseys made the trip home and were available for the game.
Eoinie was a key member of our club during his time here in Wellington between 2011 and 2014. He left a massive impression on all he met and indeed the club as a whole. It is a credit to his memory that both teams had a large turnout of players and supporters.
Clockwise from top left: past and present Wellington/Hutt Valley players and Maryland players after the game; former club President Eoghan O'Leary (right) presenting a picture of Eoinie during his time at the club to Eoinie's dad Tom; (L-R) Maryland GAA Chairman, Tom Egan, Eoghan O'Leary, and Maryland GAA Secretary, Lee Moran exchanging pennants and commemorative trophies; the Wellington/Hutt Valley legends team before the game.