McAteer Solutions Estate Agents with offices based in Toomebridge, Dungiven and their new branch recently opened at the Innovation Factory, Springfield Rd, Belfast are delighted to sponsor the Creggan Camogie Senior Team.
Founder Olga McAteer of McAteer Solutions Estate Agents was asked by the Creggan Camogie committee member Maureen McConville would she sponsor the team jerseys this year. Olga said she would be delighted to sponsor the ladies as her daughter Aoife McAteer plays dual for the club. Aoife also works with her mother at McAteer Solutions Estate Agents.
“We are delighted to sponsor Creggan Camogie Senior team this year and we hope to continue to support them in the future. We love to give back into the community; as the local community and surrounding area support us. It’s about giving back”. Olga McAteer MBA – Founder Of McAteer Solutions Estate Agents
Pupils in Gaelscoil an Chaistil were delighted to welcome not just the Intermediate All Ireland Champions, but also the newly crowned All Ireland Minor B Champions to a special assembly on Monday.
Captains Lucia McNaughton and Fionnuala Kelly were joined by Player of the Match, PWC Player of the Month, Maeve Kelly, alongside Senior Player Becky Ellis and County Minor Players, Nuala Devlin, Eva Graham and Elen McIntosh.
The P6/ 7 girls and boys were first out to greet their special visitors, showing off their wonderful artwork and posters, congratulating the girls and their team mates on their recent successes.
Grace Mhic Mhaoláin introduced the camogie stars to all the pupils and hosted a question and answer session, with many words of advice given to the aspiring camogie and hurling stars of the future.
Many of the children took the opportunity to get sticks, sliotars and shirts signed by the girls who were delighted to spend time chatting to their young fans. A wonderful experience for all!
Pupils in St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Primary School in Ballycastle were the first Antrim school to have the honour of welcoming not just the Intermediate All Ireland Champions, but also the newly crowned All Ireland Minor B Champions.
Captains Lucia McNaughton and Fionnuala Kelly were joined by Player of the Match, PWC Player of the Month, Maeve Kelly, alongside Senior Player Becky Ellis and County Minor Players, Nuala Devlin, Eva Graham, Elen McIntosh and Emer Vallely.
The P7 girls and boys formed a guard of honour for their special visitors, showing off their wonderful artwork and posters, congratulating the girls and their team mates on their recent successes. Principal, Mrs Roisin McCarry introduced the camogie stars to the pupils and hosted a question and answer session, with many words of advice given to the aspiring camogie and hurling stars of the future.
A special mention goes to Johnny Parker, who was one of the volunteers who prepared the lorry for the homecoming for the Intermediate Champions, with Johnny donning his Great Uncle Dessie Donnelly’s number 4 jersey that he wore in the All Ireland Final back in 1989. Mr Kinney was also delighted to be reunited with his former pupil Lucia, who was a past pupil of St Anne’s, Corkey, with Mr Kinney noting that Lucia’s determination and sporting talent shining through from a very young age.
Also at the presentation was Mrs Brenda McNeill, who was a member of the All Ireland winning Junior Team back in 1997, and she was delighted to see so many of the past pupils return, inspiring the next generation of Antrim Stars!
For the third month in-a-row the women’s football award was won by a Meath footballer. Vikki Wall retained her crown from August following Emma Duggan’s July accolade, as Meath enjoyed a stellar summer culminating in winning the Brendan Martin Cup in a thrilling contest with Dublin on the 5th of September.
Vikki was the player of the match for the Royals in the decider, with her powerful runs a catalyst for much of Meath’s good play as they pipped 5-in-a-row chasing Dublin on a scoreline of 1-11 to 12 points.
Maeve scored 1-5 from play, with the goal following an incredible run a particular highlight, in an outstanding performance as Antrim overcame Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Intermediate camogie final on the 12th September.
Conor played a huge role in delivering Tyrone their first Sam Maguire cup since 2008 on the 11th September, with a sublime diagonal ball to set up Cathal McShane’s goal crucial in helping the Ulstermen overcome Mayo.
PwC are proud sponsors of the Player of the Month Awards across camogie, hurling and football, men’s and women’s. This is the first year that the PwC GPA Women’s Player of the Month Awards are being presented alongside their male equivalents. The prizes on offer for the winners match those presented to the male monthly winners.
Commenting on the announcement, Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said: “Well done to Vikki, Maeve and Conor from all of us at PwC for their stellar individual contributions in their respective finals which have led to them being named Player of the Month award winners for September. A Player of the Month award is always special, but to receive one having played such a crucial role in delivering glory to your county is to be particularly cherished.
There is always lots of competition to win these Player of the Month awards each month, so to be nominated, let alone win, recognises an excellent individual performance in men’s and women’s Gaelic Games. We are proud at PwC to partner with the GPA and the GAA to reward the skill, dedication and effort of all Gaelic players equally.”
Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Larry McCarthy said: “Congratulations to Conor on being named the PwC GAA GPA Footballer of the Month for September adding to his team’s outstanding achievement in being crowned the All-Ireland football champions for the first time since 2008. Conor played an integral part in the final where Tyrone produced the ultimate team display. We wish Conor every success as he competes with his club Omagh in the Tyrone county championship.’’
Speaking on behalf of the GPA, Tom Parsons, CEO added: “To step up to the plate and produce your best performance when it comes to the All-Ireland final is an outstanding achievement in itself. To be recognised by your fellow players for doing so is a real mark of respect. Congratulations to Maeve, Vikki and Conor on being voted for by their peers to win these awards which cap off a very memorable season. Congratulations too to the nominees and indeed to all the winners and nominees of the player of the month awards in 2021.”
The PwC GPA Women’s Player of the Month and PwC GAA/GPA Players of the Month Award winners are voted for by the GPA’s membership.