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Photo: Gaels President Tom Walsh awards Club Persons of the Year to Kyle Shane (L) and Brian McCarthy (R) at Christmas party at the Celtic Tavern

By Sam Westmoreland – -
The Denver Gaels are bringing one of their most successful and exciting years ever to a close, and what a year it’s been, from start to finish. Between new members joining the club, veteran members getting more involved and more success at the NACB finals, the club had plenty to celebrate when they got together at the Celtic Tavern downtown for the annual Christmas party.

It was a fantastic time once again, as the club took the opportunity to recognize some of its most successful members on and off the pitch. After a delicious dinner, it was time to give out the annual awards.

First up was camogie, which saw Kelly Naumann bring home camogie’s most improved player award, and Sarah Faller be awarded camogie player of the year.
Next up was football, which saw Jeff Posey win rookie footballer of the year, and Shay Dunne net footballer of the year. Then came hurling, who saw Sean Sweeney bring home newcomer of the year, Matt Jakubowski and Eamonn Ryan win Junior C and B hurlers of the year, respectively. Finally, the club awarded a dual Club Person of the Year, to both Kyle Shane and Brian McCarthy, for all they’ve done to build the club and improve the quality of play throughout the past year.

Then, it was on to the music and the dancing. Adam Agee and Jon Sousa entertained the crowd with traditional Irish music, while Billy Canaly provided Irish dancing once again.

With a full slate of club activities already scheduled for next year, the club would like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season, and safe travels to wherever that season may lead you. May the coming weeks be full of craic with family and friends, and delicious food.

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