Posted September 23, 2014
Great turnout for DAA Community Family Day
On Saturday, 20th September, the DAA sponsored Community Family Day , as a thank you to the people of Portmarnock for their support over the years, was hosted by Naomh Mearnóg GAA Club. The grounds looked fabulous with a tented village, DAA banners and bunting, and an overflowing car park on a full day of games and activities for everyone.
The day kicked off with games for the Special Needs section. Afterwards they were presented with goody-bags.
The little ones were entertained with a Punch & Judy puppet show, magic tricks and disappearing coloured balls. There was face painting, resulting in a host of ghosts, sea creatures, fairies and spidermen wandering about! A balloon sculptor fashioned flowers, crowns, swords, laser guns and animals to complement the colourful personas.
For older children, up to young adults, the attraction was a Dunk Tank! A roar of excitement was raised when the Club Games Promotion Officer, Paddy Gorey, was the first to be plunged into the water tank. There was no shortage of volunteers for a soaking in this event!
Members of St. Anne’s Afternoon Club ( Senior Citizens) were ferried to and from the Club. Afternoon tea, music and song were provided for them in one of the marquees.
The weather was great, so the chess tables were set up outdoors in the sunshine. Great interest was taken and a line formed of young people wanting to play. The ice cream van and the BBQ also attracted huge queues all day long.
There was lots of music, with daytime DJ and evening disco, and members of Comhaltas provided traditional music in the bar. The highlight of the day was the magnificent All Ireland and World Champion St. Columcille’s Pipe band from Tullamore. They were just as exciting to watch, especially with the swinging and flourishing of their drumsticks, as to listen to.
An Order of Malta ambulance was on hand to administer to cuts and falls.
Gaelic games, in all codes, and skills competitions were held for every age group up to Senior and Gaelic 4 Mothers.
The guest of honour, Siobhan O’Donnell, External Communications Manager, Dublin Airport Authority, after completing a half-marathon in the Phoenix Park, arrived at 3.00pm and soaked-in the atmosphere for a few hours, chatting and conversing with all the groups. A sporting woman herself, she showed great enthusiasm for all the activities.
Our objectives were to showcase Naomh Mearnóg and inform the public on what our Club has to offer: sport, healthy activity, social events, facilities, and the opportunity to support our local Community. Thanks to the DAA and the organising committee, from the positive feedback it appears that we have achieved our targets. Great day, great fun, great memories.