As you are aware the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on November 1st 1884, by a group of spirited Irishmen who had the foresight to realise the importance of establishing a national organisation to revive and nurture our traditional, pastimes. Until that time all that was Irish was being steadily eroded by emigration, within six months of that famous first meeting, clubs began to spring up all over Ireland and people began to play the games of Hurling and Gaelic Football and take part in Athletic events with pride. Our own Club was founded a year later in 1885 and was known at the time as the Feale Amateurs. In 1889 the Listowel Amateurs played in their first County Championship where they defeated Irremore.
Listowel Emmets has gone from strength to strength since that first meeting on June 27th 1885. We can now boast 25 teams participating in District, County and Inter County competitions at all levels male and female juvenile to senior. As the former president of the GAA Seán Kelly pointed out in his opening speech as President "The beauty of the Club goes far beyond a playing field and a nearby clubhouse; it is deeper, something that reaches out and touches communities in a manner unique to GAA. Through hard work and determination, successes are shared and when victory is stolen, the tears are wept together; club is family."
It is with this theme in mind that Listowel Emmets celebrate their 125th Birthday, a host of activities will take place beginning with Weeshie Fogarty's Terrace Talk live from Frank Sheehy Park on Monday 21st June with all sort of activities taking place throughout the week until Sunday 27th June with the cutting of the Emmets birthday cake.
A huge thank you to all who supported all our events throughout the week. A very big thank you to Ann McNamee for photographing our entire week long event and to Dinny Carroll of Feelgood Productions for recording all our activities, it was much appreciated.
Also a very very big thank you must go to Con McCarthy chairman of the 125 committee and to Tadhg & Conor Moriarty for all their very hard work behind the sceens throughout the week without their help our 125th birthday would not have been the success it was and finally to Louise Moriarty for looking after the kitchen and making sure everyone was looked after.
Please note all photos are available from Ann McNamee, please contact her directly 087 9691324. A dvd of our celebrations will be available in the coming weeks also from feelgood productions 087 0556586
Mon 21st June: Weeshie Fogarty's Terrace Talk live in Frank Sheehy Park
Wed 23rd June: Tim Pat Coogan gives a talk on Robert Emmet which will be preceeded by Emmets History presentation by Vincent Carmody and Junior Griffin
Thurs 24th June: Mass was celebrated by Club Patron Canon Linnane at Frank Sheehy Park
Fri 25th June: The John B Keane League Finals for Emmets U8s and U10s
Sat 26th June:
12.30 Camogie Exhibition game between Feale Gaels and Causeway
2.30 The semi finals of the Inaugural Tim Kennelly U12 League
3.45 The semi finals of the Paddy Healy U14 Shield
6.30 Emmets Birthday Party BBQ with pig on spit, band and dj
Sun 27th June: Family fun day for kids big and small....