The Tirchonaill GAP CC Christmas Party took place in the Highlands Hotel on Saturday 9th December. It brought the curtain down on another successful year for the club which saw us have our busiest year yet on all fronts. As usual we were looked after fantastically well by the staff of the Highlands which set the tone for a great nights craic.
During the meal a slideshow of photographs of the year’s events was on display to provide plenty of laughs, cringe moments for some and talking points around the tables. Presentations were then made in various deserving categories: Most Improved Lady Cyclist – Clodagh Duggan; Most Improved Male Cyclist – Declan Brennan; Most Improved Junior Cyclist – Dylan Gallagher; Club Endeavour Award – Anthony Steel; Most Improved TT time – Aaron Breslin; Donegal A4 Road Race Champion – John Boyle; First A3 licence – Peter Mc Gee. A presentation was made to our very hard working Club Secretary Mairead Cranley who deserves great credit for organizing the club events throughout the year.
Occupational First Aid Certificates were presented to Sinead Boyle, Francis Furey, Brian Moore, John Boyle, Niall Gallagher, Lawerence Gallagher, John Paul Gallagher, Felix Jackson, Julian Molloy, Damian Craig and Michael Regan. We can now consider ourselves to be in good hands with any of these around in an emergency situation…….”sure what could possibly go wrong??” The award for Liveliest Table on the night was keenly contested but in the end our committee members ran off with the prize as they were literally on fire at one stage!!
The five lads who completed the 1200km “Race The Ras” charity cycle in May were presented with a framed photo to mark their achievement and acknowledgements were made to Joe Mc Hugh & Mairead who completed the 100 mile 2nd stage of the Ras with it being Mairead’s first time to cycle the magic 100 miles, a phenomenal achievement. We also acknowledged Felix Jackson who was asked to do the job of team mechanic for the Mayo Centra team on The Ras, a 2.2 ranked event on the European Pro Tour, where he proved to be more than capable of the job in hand. The organizer of “Race The Ras”, Eamonn O’Muirheartiagh who was due to make a guest appearance on the night sent an e-mail which was read out to acknowledge the efforts, impact and commitment of the Tir Chonail GAP CC members on the event which raised €48,000 for the NBCRI. We can be very proud of our club for having a very positive effect on such a big National & International event.
Christine Boyle donated a print of one of Johnny’s fine paintings as a spot prize and this was won by Brid Mc Gee and the Club spot prize was won by Vincent Cranley. The rest of the night was spent in the lounge of the hotel where our talented dancers led the way showing a clean pair of heels on the floor and once again a most enjoyable night was had by all who attended.
This was yet another successful event and we must thank our hosts again the Highlands Hotel for accommodating us as they have done throughout the year and we look forward to the continued success of Tirchonaill GAP CC in the 2014 season.
Some photos from the night can bee seen on our Facebook Page …. they are too X-Rated for the website!!!! 🙂