Glasdrumman Club Play Tribute To The Late Tony Bannon

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Glasdrummnan GAC is mourning the passing of the late Tony Bannon at the start of this week.

On Monday evening the Glasdrumman community were deeply saddened to hear of the death of our friend, long time committee member and life long member of our club Tony Bannon, writes Catherine Kelly.

Tony had served in many roles on the Glasdrumman club committee over a period of 20 plus years and to each of these roles he brought commitment, dedication and his own unique style with the ultimate desire to make a difference to the GAA in Glasdrumman.

The late Tony Bannon at the Waterfront – a proud moment in his life when a club member won an All-Ireland singing medal.

Tony was a man of many talents, a fluent Irish speaker, a challenging quiz master and a talented musician with a flair for the written word.

As club PRO Tony brought his own inimitable style to the weekly club notes. His love of music often featured in the lead in to the club notes with many references to lines from rock songs. He had the ability to turn a match report into a story which people looked forward to reading.

Tony never needed encouragement to bring his guitar to any club function where he would happily entertain the audience and encourage those present to get up and take part.

Tony was involved in all aspects of club life but when he took on the role of cultural officer, his dedication and love for Scor became a big part of his life. Tony took on many roles from competing in Senior Scor, doing Fear a Ti at many Scor competition, to question master at divisional and county level and as a wonderful mentor. 

He took to the task in hand with passion and quiet persuasion in that remarkable way that he had of mixing both attributes to ensure that Scór was to the fore of GAA activity in Glasdrumman.

As the club cultural officer he oversaw several County titles, a Provincial title and an All Ireland titles being won. The highlight and the moment that gave him the greatest pride of all was when Niamh McDowell from our own club was crowned All Ireland Scór na nÓg Solo Singing Champion in 2017. I do not think there was a prouder man in the Waterfront Hall when the result was announced and Glasdrumman had an All-Ireland Champion.

Scór was where Tony was happiest. He enjoyed the competitions at all levels within Down both as a competitor, a mentor or as an organiser when called upon to help out at competitions. He enjoyed the friendships he made and people he met enjoyed his company. 

We in Glasdrumman have lost a good friend who will be sorely missed by all in the club.

We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Philomena, sons Anthony and Luke, brothers Des, Eugene and Brendan, sister Patricia and the entire Bannon and Rooney family at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Go ndeanai dia trocaire ara a anam uasail dhilis.

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The senior team got back to winning ways when they travelled to Cherryvale on Friday night to take on East Belfast. 
Glasdrumman 4:15 
East Belfast 1:06

Well done to both sides for a great game of football in poor conditions. We would like to wish good luck to the players and management of East Belfast for the remainder of the season and in the future of their newly formed club East Belfast GAA. 

This Friday the boys are away to St Paul’s. Throw in 7.15pm. 

Eire Og u11 training in Ballymartin this Thursday at 6.30pm. The first u11 match is on Sunday morning away to Bosco at 11am so it would be good to see a full turnout at training. 

Glasdrumman Nursery camp for u7.5s and younger in Glasdrumman Thursday 6.30pm as usual.

Congratulations to senior player Christopher Cassidy and his wife Diane on the birth of their son Darragh Patrick Cassidy.

Lotto numbers on Thursday 23rd July were 2, 8, 22 & 26. There was no jackpot winner. Two people matched 3 numbers and share £50 Eric Trimble & Marc Burden. 

This weeks jackpot stands at £5,350.  Tickets are available from the Quarter Road filling station or any committee member.