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Annual Dinner Dance - 2011
21st January 2011
St. Mary's Rasharkin held their Annual Dinner Dance at the Elk Toome on Friday 21st January 2011. This was the clubs chance to reflect on the previous season and look forward to 2011. There was a lot of activity on and off the pitch but the highlight of the evening was acknowledging the success of the senior footballers completing a remarkable double, winning the All County Division Two League and bridging a thirty two year gap landing the Intermediate Championship. The event was as usual very well attended with over 170 guests and members of St.Mary's.

A power point presentation showing a collaboration of the various photographs taken throughout the past momentous year was shown on three screens throughout the function room.

After a delicious four course meal served to everyone's satisfaction, Dick McKeague thanked St.Mary's club for choosing the Elk for their Annual Dinner dance.

New Antrim Chairman Jim Murray was introduced first, he admitted that this was his first Dinner Dance after entering his post in December. He added that it's always a pleasure coming to Rasharkin's Dinner. Jim then spoke of the successes of the club during the year and the great organisation within St.Mary's who he added are always at the forefront in many areas. He said it's good to see Rasharkin back where they belong in Division one football. He then wished all our teams good luck in the up and coming season and concluded by thanking the club for the invitation.

Antrim Hurling star and Loughgiel captain Johnny Campbell made his way to the podium; he talked about the successes of the clubs minor and under 16 hurling teams. He said that's up to these guys to push on and achieve more success. Johnny added that winning is important and having lost six championships with his own club Loughgiel he knows how disappointing sport can be. He concluded by thanking the club for the use of their faculties for training and for his invitation.

Former Antrim and St.Theresa's legend and current Eoghan Rua Coleraine manager Sean McGoldrick attended as the club's football guest. Sean admitted that it was an honour to be asked to fill in for Mickey Harte who was to officiate at the dinner but due to the tragic death of his daughter Michaela, he was unable to attend. Sean spoke of his numerous experiences with Rasharkin down through the years of his long playing career. He had everyone's attention from the start of the speech and was warmly received by the crowd. He acknowledged the work being done at grass roots level by clubs such as Rasharkin. He went on to mention dual players and the pressure that comes with committing to both codes. Sean then thanked the club for his invitation.

Camogie club Chairman Tony O'Kane was up next he thanked St.Mary's for all their help throughout the year and looked forward to working closer together following the integration with the Camogie Club.

Club Chairman Brian O'Neill rounded of the speeches. He acknowledged all the club activities both on and off the pitch throughout the year and paid special mention to the senior footballers under the stewardship of Paddy McNeill, Thomas Donaghy and Ryan McAleese. He thanked his fellow officers, committee, players and club members for all their work and everyone who had contributed in any way for the good of St Marys. He also appealed for people to get involved in all club activities namely the up and coming Stars in their Eyes to be held in Tullyglass House Hotel Saturday 5th February 2011.

Compere for the evening Terry Hasson then started the various presentations.