LIFESTYLE - CULTURE

Gaelic awards



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 Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg

Community: Four outstanding players will be recognised Thursday evening by Luxembourg’s official Irish sports association.

Irish sport will be in the spotlight this Thursday evening, when the Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg presents its end of season awards to four outstanding players.

The event equally serves as a social and cultural gathering for Irish and friends of Ireland in the Grand Duchy. Singer and guitarist Steve Moynihan will perform traditional Irish music. “The club will also be welcoming a group of students from Ireland who have just arrived in the city,” the group said Thursday morning on its Facebook page.

A club communiqué on Wednesday explained that the end of season prizes are awarded based on club member votes, and this year recognise:

Bernard McCarthy, originally from County Limerick, voted as sportsman of the year in men’s Gaelic football.

Eoin Ó Súilleabháin, originally from County Cork, named sportsman of the year in hurling.

Fiona Byrne, originally from County Galway, voted as women’s player of the year.

Damien Higgins, originally from Ballincollig near Cork City, selected as club person of the year.

Gaelic Sports Club Luxembourg was founded in 1978 to promote Irish sport in Luxembourg and today has more than 100 members. It is affiliated with the Gaelic Athletic Association, a 129 year old national institution.

Despite the focus on Gaelic culture and traditions, the club stressed that “cuirfear fáilte roimh chách” (all are welcome).

The event starts Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Black Stuff in Luxembourg-Pulvermühle.