Sunday last, 10th June, was the 10th Anniversary of the first Jersey Day held at The Heath Golf Club. Back then in 2003 it just involved the counties of Kildare and Laois and was held on the eve of the Leinster Football Final between these two counties. Since then the event has been extended to include all the counties represented by the club’s diverse membership. On Sunday 24 teams took part involving members from Cork, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Roscommon, Galway, Mayo, Kildare, Offaly, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Carlow and of course Laois. Needless to say it was a very colourful occasion with “Sheik” Brendan Madigan taking the prize for the most original outfit.
Last year the winning Offaly team included a “Seanie Johnston” in Kildare man Ronan Connolly and were forced to withstand an appeal to the CCCC. Thankfully nothing of that nature happened on Sunday. However rumour has it that the Cunningham Brothers who shared the winning podium in 2011 with Ronan were pressured into donning Kildare jerseys, something that couldn’t have been easy for proud Offaly men.
The winning team, lead by Club Captain Tommy Hannon, came from that county west of the Shannon represented on the GAA fields with such distinction by the late Dermot Early. Tommy, in accepting the winners’ prize, joked that Roscommon were so unused to winning anything that they would do a lap of honour if they even won the toss.
The members finished off what was a very enjoyable day with a wonderful meal served up by David “Charlie” Whelan ably assisted by Maura and Trish.