How fast time passes - it does not seem like a year since last year’s Gloria Blitz
but the 2012 competition was held on Saturday, July 21st in Tully. 16 teams took
part and the weather, as always for Gloria, was ideal for the day’s activity. They
came from all over the county and from Louth as well - St. Brides from Knockbridge.
Special mention must go to the two teams who travelled the longest distance - Graiguecullen
from Co. Laois and St. Laurence’s Club in County Kildare. This was the third year
for the latter team to participate and they were once again the Overall winners for
the third year in a row. There were some fantastic battles through out the day and
the competition produced two excellent finals. Aughnamullen were defeated by Monaghan
Harps in the Shield Final and St. Laurence’s had a narrow victory over the host club,
Emyvale. This was the first year that Emyvale succeeded in getting to the final but
they were defeated by a very strong and skilful St. Laurence team. The Player of
the Tournament Award went to St. Laurence’s Ciara Wheeler. Members of the Corrigan
family were present all day and they made the presentations of medals, Shield and
Cup at the end. Tommy Donaghue, chairman of Emyvale ladies, thanked everyone who
had helped in any way and ensured another very successful Gloria Corrigan Tournament
with special mention and a presentation for the referees..He thanked the Corrigan
family and all the clubs who had participated. He congratulated all the winners and
looked forward to having all back again next year. He also paid tribute to the members
of the Red Cross who were on hand all day to provide medical assistance when needed.
Our picture on the left here shows five generations of the Corrigan family - Peggy
Corrigan, John Corrigan, Sharon Cuddy, Jonathan Cuddy and youngest member - Joseph.
It was great to see them all there and witnessing the memory of their Gloria bringing
so many people together in friendship, companionship and sport.