YOUNG footballers with Milltown-Castlemaine GAA Club were hugely excited when rising Kerry senior star Diarmuid O’Connor lined out as guest of honour at their Coiste na nÓg medal presentation ceremony.
The Na Gaeil midfielder – one of the most exceptional young talents in the game – had words of encouragement for the young players and their parents, with particular mention reserved for the under 14 players who competed in Féile this year.
Diarmuid encouraged all the players present to keep up with their training sessions and to listen to their mentors and coaches.
“With practice, maybe someday you too will get a chance to play with Kerry,” he said.
Diarmuid also reminisced on the many happy days he spent as a young boy kicking a ball around the Paddy Burke Memorial Pitch in Milltown with the young people in attendance listening closely to the Kerry player’s words of encouragement and wisdom.
Club chairman, Podge Leane, addressed the large gathering and paid particular thanks to coaching officer Ian Twiss for his remarkable dedication in recent years.
“Ian was recruiting and up-skilling coaches and mentors, enabling enabling them to deliver very creative, diverse and enjoyable coaching sessions to our underage players,” Podge said.
Liam Doherty was presented with the prestigious Coiste na nÓg Club Person of the Year award for his commitment to the underage structure in Milltown-Castlemaine GAA Club.
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