Welcome address from event programme:
All in Austin Stacks Hurling & Football Club would like to welcome everyone here today for the 4th annual John Lynch Memorial U10 Tournament. What started out a short few years ago as a request from our great friends in Kilmacud for a challenge match, has now become a firm fixture in the hectic calendar of U10’s from many counties and provinces! Today sees us greeting many friends who are making their annual pilgrimage here to Connolly Park and also those 8 clubs who are with us for the first time. With nearly 500 players enjoying the friendship sport and occasion today, our great friend and long serving Rockie, John Lynch would be delighted to be here watching future stars from 7 counties giving their all. For him, watching an U6 or U8 game was more thrilling than any Kerry Senior encounter. To those who have travelled from far and wide to be here today, helped us with goalposts, stepped into the refereeing breech, or volunteering in any way, we are hugely thankful. Our organising committee of Colm Mangan, Mike Casey, Noel O’Connell, Eamonn O’Reilly, John Breen, Harry Hynes, Annette Carmody, Nora O’Connor and Denis Sayers have left no stone unturned in putting today’s event together and without them, it would not be possible.
Today is about fun and creating memories for our young players. We would ask all to keep this in mind during the day and working with us to have 500 smiling faces heading out the date this afternoon! To Kilmacud, Templeogue, Naas, Oranmore, Doora Barefield, St. Finbarrs, Glanmire, Mungret, Legion, John Mitchels, Ballymac, Churchill, Kenmare, Ardfert, Laune Rangers – a huge thanks and welcome. Looking forward to meeting you all today…Liam Lynch, Chairman, Austin Stacks Hurling & Football Club.
Both Caherslee and Connolly Park pitches were in full use to cater for the 16 clubs (32 teams,) followed by a parade in Connolly Park and finals. The John Lynch Memorial Cup Final was a thrilling affair between Kilmacud Crokes and Naas, with victory going to Naas. Nathan Dunne, Naas captain, was presented with the Cup by Phil Lynch (wife of the late John Lynch.)