In their short history Mattock Rangers GAA club have a unique ability to cram a lot into such a short amount of time. The club’s Gathering Weekend recently was no different.
Over a three day schedule, events varied from an historical village tour, table quiz and a Geraghty Cup final, with the host club being victorious in beating local neighbours Hunterstown Rovers.
These events were merely the build up to the crescendo of events that was held on the Sunday. A 5K run kicked off the day with a father and son combination in the top three. Father Mark Leacy defeated his son, Brendan, with Shane DeCourcey sandwiched in second place.
The highlight of the day was the arrival of an Uachtarán CLG Liam O’Neill who, in the midst of a juvenile blitz of many Mattock youngsters, opened the new pitch.
The focus of youth was poignant and duly noted by the GAA president, they are the future, and they are going to don the new sod the most. Ironically he added: “The more pitches you have the more people you will have now also.”
As the day ended, the events came full circle as the past was not forgotten. Dan Power donated Mattock’s first club jersey to the club and original members Jim Reilly and Tony Brady addressed the crowd and plaques to commemorate the day were unveiled.
When the darkness settled on the evening, members of the club basked in the new facilities and and enjoyed exactly how far they had come.