Longford GAA plan to play their part in the Gathering with a full programme of events on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Indeed, such is the significance attached to the weekend events by the Co Board, that there will be no matches fixed throughout the county at any level for the Saturday.
Glennon Bros Pearse Park will be the venue and starting point on the Saturday for a 5km fun run/walk with everybody invited to come along and take part. There will be prizes for the first three home in both ladies and gents’ races. A novel aspect to the day will be the ‘race’ for the best club team and the first team past the post will win a welcome set of new jersies. Entry fee for the event is €15 with registration from 10am - 12.30pm on the morning of the event.
After the run, the organisers are planning a family day in Pearse Park where one of the highlights will be the Leinster Council Road Show, which includes among other things the largest inflatable pitch in Europe and is designed specifically for GAA activities. Activities there will get underway at 2.30pm. This will be a great opportunity for children to meet with their senior county football heroes, who will be assisting with the various competitions and games planned for children to participate in on the day. The day culminates then with an inter-county match.
On Sunday night, the focus will switch to the Backstage theatre for ‘A Night with the Blue & Gold’, which will start at 8.30pm. This event will be hosted by RTE’s Ciaran Mullooly and Sinead Hussey in a similar format as ‘Up for the Match’. Over the course of the evening Longford’s own Des Cahill and Grainne Seoige will remember and regal us with tales and memories from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and noughties.
Of course the men of the sixties will feature prominently with Jimmy Hannify, Jackie Devine, Seamus Flynn and Jimmy Flynn some of the stars to be interviewed on the night. Heroes from the seventies will also feature, whilst latter day stars such as Padraic Davis, Niall Sheridan and Liam Keenan, will also get top billing.
The many interviews will be interspersed on the night with entertainment and drama include some of the great Scór performance over the years and the great Granard St Mary’s GAA man turned entertainer, Jodie Sheridan.
Rounding off what promises to be a great night will be a wine and cheese reception and a GAA photography exhibition. Tickets for the night are limited and available for €25 each and early booking is advisable avoid missing out on what promises to be a memorable night of Longford GAA. Tickets are available at Glennon Bros Pearse Park on (043)33 45219 (10am to 5pm) or from Backstage Theatre on (043)33 47888.
All funds raised from these events will go towards the county team’s training fund. They are hoping to go on a crucial training trip to Portugal ahead of a very tough opening round fixture in the championship away to Wicklow.