Coley Folan Memorial Tournament - 4th June 2016
Sean McDermotts Club would like to invite you to join us for our third Coley Folan Memorial Tournament and Family Fun Day.
This year’s tournament is an underage event, open to U10, U12 and U14 teams. We are delighted to welcome travelling teams from London, Dublin and Mayo as well as our friends from neighbouring Warwickshire clubs to this year’s event. There will also be an U19 exhibition game between Sean McDermotts and St Brendan’s, who were the finalists in last year’s All Britain Competition.
We hope all the underage players taking part in this year’s event will share in the enthusiasm for Gaelic games and friendships that Coley enjoyed.
Sean McDermotts Club suffered a huge blow in July 2013 with the loss of Coley Folan. Many tributes have been paid to Coley from across the GAA world; he is remembered by many as an outstanding player, committed manager, team mate and good friend.
Coley was born in Lettermullen in Galway in 1968; the youngest of three children. From an early age, he played football with Naomh Anna and went on to play with Galway Minors. He left Ireland for London in 1987 at the age of 19. In London, he played for South and O' Hanlons with friends from Connemara.
Coley moved to Birmingham with the company he was working for. Initially, Coley played for Laune Rangers until he was ‘persuaded’ by his future wife Deirdre to play with Macs.
Coley was a skilled player and committed clubman, who was always heavily involved. He was a member of the 1997 to 2003 seven in a row Championship winning team.
Coley was a true Gael; upon hanging up his boots he became involved in Sean McDermotts underage structure. He was also held in high regarded as Senior Manager. Coley brought enthusiasm and passion to every role, as well as huge knowledge and understanding. Coley also had a fantastic sense of fun; there was always plenty of craic when Coley was around!
Through the generosity of our sponsors, all of the children’s entertainment at this year’s event will again be free (with the exception of face painting and glitter tattoos), allowing families to enjoy the day, happy their children are entertained. There will also be pop, sweets, bar facilities and hot food available to purchase on the day.
Sean McDermotts would like to thank Warwickshire County Board for their support and the kind use of Pairc Na hEireann’s facilities.
This year’s event will be supporting the Tommy O’Donnell Trust. Tommy is a 5 year old boy with a life limiting brain condition (Lissencephaly) who recently lost his daddy to cancer aged 39. Tommy suffers daily seizures (up to 15 a day) and requires 24 hour care. He often spends long periods in hospital. Tommy is no longer eligible for financial support so his family must now fund the 24 hour care and respite required.
This is challenging for any family but to tragically lose their main bread winner at just 39 (Tommy’s Daddy), makes this situation even more heart breaking and challenging.
An entrance fee of £3 per person will be charged in to the event.
Please join us remembering our great friend Coley, as we combine his passions of
Gaelic games, family, friendship and good craic!