Cork Minor Ladies Football Team Visit Cork’s Lord Mayor
Following their All Ireland victory in the Minor Ladies Football championship the victorious Cork team were awarded a civic reception by the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Des Cahill in his chambers at the Cork City Hall during the week. The Lord Mayor who is well known as a great follower of all sports in Cork praised the girls for their outstanding achievement in both winning the Munster title and retaining the All Ireland Crown. It was the tenth time a Cork Ladies Football Minor team had won the All Ireland and he said he felt sure many of the girls would go on to join the senior Ladies team in the near future.
John Cleary manager thanked the Lord Mayor and said it had been a long and hard road and the team had a share of good fortune over the season as they had defeated some very good sides by the narrowest of margins. Barry Moran Cork Ladies Football registrar spoke on behalf of the Cork County Ladies Football board and thanked the Lord Mayor for his invitation and said as far as he knew it was the first time a Ladies football minor team had received such an honour and the girls would look back in years to come and cherish the memories as well as the All Ireland medal. He thanked Travel Republic.I.E for their wonderful sponsorship and said the financial backing was a vital part of the success finally he thanked John Cleary, the management team and in particular Theresa Meaney for looking after the girls so well.
The Lord Mayor presented the girls with a memento of the occasion all the girls then signed the visitor’s book in the Lord Mayors office.
Afterwards the team travelled to Bantry for a reception stopping in Bandon and Drimoleague on the way. On the approach road to Bantry bonfires awaited the team and after a parade through the town the team was introduced to the large crowd by Captain Laura Cleary and Bantry star Emma Spillane.
Later in the week the team were awarded the Southside and District sports award for August.