On Saturday 28th September the inaugural Sean Dunnion Snr Memorial Tournament took place in Tirchonaill Park in glorious autumn sunshine.
The internal Four Masters GAA tournament was held for the Club’s under 8 boys and what a blistering tournament it turned out to be.
Sean Dunnion Snr, who passed away nearly seven years ago, was being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Four Masters GAA Club. He had served in almost every role possible in both management and in an executive capacity for many years, so it was only fitting
that he will be remembered for years to come with this annual competition for underage football in the game that he loved.
The tournament itself was a fantastic advertisement for underage football and showed the tremendous work that is being done at this level by head coach Ronan Boyle and all the coaches that work with him. Over fifty boys were split into six teams on the day. Two groups of three teams played out two rounds of games with four teams progressing to the semi finals. Both semis were very close with all the skills of the game being exhibited.
It was very fitting that the two teams left were being Captained by two of the most promising young players in the club, Conor Meehan and Ruairí McLaughlin. The game itself was a brilliant contest with the lead changing hands several times but in the end Ruairí and his lads won out by a solitary point. It had been a great end to a great days football, with all the lads playing outstandingly and displaying all the skills of the game. With Sean looking down and blessing the event with warm sun all the players shone and the real winners were Four Masters and its future.
Proceedings ended with all the players being presented with a medal each and the Memorial Cup to Ruairí McLaughlin, as Captain of the winning team, by members of the Dunnion family.
Damien Dunnion, speaking afterwards, said: “I’d like to thank all who helped organise and run this marvellous event and also to the referees, the parents who made and served refreshments and supported the children on the day. Dad would be very happy to see the huge numbers of young footballers lining out for Four Masters and the great skills that have been on display, it bodes very well for the future of the Club he loved”.
Winning team: Ruairí McLaughlin, Daniel McIntyre, Shane Martin, Evan Higgans, Zach Campbell, Seoirse O’Flaherty, Mark Meehan, John Bell, Noah Pearson
Runners-up: Conor Meehan, Calum McCrea, Leo McGowan, Cian Gallagher, Charlie Callaghan, Tom Keane, John Anderson and Ross Fahy.