Georgie Fitzpatrick Perpetual Cup 2010
Monaleen GAA club hosted the first George Fitzpatrick Perpetual Cup senior football tournament on Saturday last 6th March 2010. It was the brainchild of Mary Smith, Philip O'Dell, Tom Bonfil and Pat Keating. Kilkee and O'Currys of Clare , Parnells of Dublin and the hosts Monaleen were the teams participating.
The tournament kicked off at 12am in the Newtown field with the hosts outscoring St Senans Kilkee 3-09 to 0-7 with Luke Kavanagh and Jack Hoare bagging the goals. This was followed by Parnells and O'Currys at 1:15. The Dubs were victorious on a 0-16 to 2-06 scoreline. Colm Parkinson of Laois, now playing with Parnells, was the leading
scorer in this game with 0-4 points. Mike Mann and Mike O Connor were the referees . After the first round games it was back to the clubhouse for tea and sandwiches which were provided by the Ladies 2003 team which George coached. A special thanks to Claire Keating, Bronagh Smith, Ciara Gavin and Theresa Geary.
At 3:45 the Shield final between near rivals O Currys and Kilkee got under way at the clubhouse field. Richard Moloney was in charge of this game.This was a great battle with little quarter given or taken by either side. Kilkee were down to 14 men within 20mins and O'Currys took advantage of the extra man to take a 2 point lead into half time. Kilkee upped their performance in the second half to turn around the half time defecit to a 2 point full time victory.
The cup final between Monaleen and Parnells got under way at 5 also at the clubhouse field. The man in the middle this time was Mike O Connor. The final proved to be a very tight affair with both sides swapping points. It was a very physical pacey game with every score being hard fought for. Muiris Gavin, Cormac Joyce Power and Darragh Bonfil were to the fore for Monaleen while Conor Talty, Mark Fitzpatrick and Colm Parkinson starred for Parnells. Parnells were the eventual winners on a 0-15 to 0-13 scoreline. A special thanks to Tom Bonfil games director for the day and Derek Byrne who was the referee co-ordinator for the day.
After the activities on the field were complete it was back to the clubhouse for a meal. Ray O'Shaughnessy and his crew from Superdine served up a hearty hot meal to all the teams and officials. Philip O'Dell who was MC for the evening called on Michael Sheehan chairman of Monaleen to get the proceedings under way. He welcomed the three visiting teams, officials and club officers to a packed clubhouse. Philip then called on Barry Fitzpatrick, present Limerick Fotball panelist and son of Georgie to present the Ladies Football team with their county medals. The chairman then made a presentation to Michael Curtin chairman of O'Currys, Peter Muldoon chairman of Kilkee and Declan North manager of Parnells. Each spoke highly of George and the impact he had on their communities during his life. Philip then called on Mary Fitzpatrick, wife of Georgie, to present the cup to the Parnells captain Mark Fitzpatrick. She then finished the formal proceedings of the evening with memories of George's life and sporting achievements. Pat Keating, The Clampers and special guests treated the packed clubhouse to music and song until the early hours of the morning.