The community of Cashelard outside Ballyshannon gathered on Saturday evening last to honour one of their local sporting heroes.
In September of last year Colm Kelly became the first person from the area to play in an All-Ireland final when he lined out with the Donegal minors against Kerry.
On Saturday evening the local Community Association presented him with a specially inscribed plaque to mark the achievement.
Colm’s mother, Bernie (nee McGarrigle) , a family steeped in Gaelic games history in the rural area, who had their own club team back in the 1940s and 1950s.
They were also famous for their seven-a-side teams, one of which was very successful in the late 1920s, winning the annual Irvinestown 7-a-side three years in-a-row. The side was made up mostly of McGarrigles.
One of the oldest surviving members of the Cashelard teams, John James McGarrigle, was present on Saturday night for the presentation.
Also present were Colm Kelly’s grandparents from Dublin, the birthplace of his father, Chris.
Chairman of the Cashelard Community Development Association, Seamus McGarrigle, acted as MC for the evening and after outlining the achievements of Colm Kelly during 2014, including winning Ulster Minor League and Championship medals, made the presentation.
Michael McGarrigle gave the an insight into the playing of Gaelic games in the area in the past while Padraig McGarrigle, home for the weekend from Dublin, interviewed Colm Kelly before the presentation.
Michael McGrath, Children’s Officer with Donegal Co. Board and a mentor with the Donegal minors, also spoke and gave an insight into the amount of teams that Colm had played for during the past year.
Replying Colm Kelly thanked all for making the presentation. He had special praise for all the coaches that he had worked, mentioning PJ Buggy (at Creevy NS) as the first coach he encountered when moving back to the area as an U-10.