Jonathan and Deborah Acton, with Patricia and Paul Hogan, at the St Malachy’s GAA 60th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday in Bloomfield House Hotel.

St Malachy’s GAA celebrates 60th anniversary in style

February 16/17 was a special weekend for the St Malachy’s GAA Club as the 60th anniversary celebrations took place.

In 1964, three men decided to set up the club to give football to the men of Dysart and Castletown Geoghegan, and what a 60 years it’s been.

The club celebrated Mass on Friday last when a son of one of the founding members, Fr Ciaran Clarke, PP Ballivor, welcomed people from all over the community and from teams over the years to Pairc Mhic Eochagain. It was a fantastic evening, where memories were shared and people reunited.

On Saturday, they headed across the lake to Bloomfield House Hotel to celebrate the successful year in 2023 - when St Malachy’s won the Westmeath IFC - alongside marking the 60th. Tommy Lynch was MC on the night, and did a fantastic job to ensure everything ran smoothly. Fr David O’Hanlon, PP Dysart said a few words about the club and how he wished them “another 160 years success”.

Tommy Lowry, one of the four great brothers of Whitepark, presented the Division 3 medals and Intermediate Championship medals to the players. Mementos were presented to the intermediate team management for their outstanding contribution to the club.

In the big awards of the night, Adam Cassidy took home Young Player of the Year and his cousin Shane Corcoran picked up the Golden Boot for his top scoring tally of 2023. Annette Bennett and Anne Fagan were recognised for their outstanding work in 2023 since joining the committee, while secretary Sinéad Kiernan was awarded Club Person of the Year.

The Senior Player of the year was awarded to Eoin Kiernan. The Dysart man has gone from strength to strength over the past numbers of the years and his work in the defence in 2023 cannot go unnoticed. They were all worthy winners.

The proud club is all set for 2024 and the next 60 years.