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Birthday Celebration for Seamus

On Monday, September 4th, representatives of various local organisations gathered in the Village Kitchen, Emyvale, to celebrate Seamus McCluskey's upcoming 90th birthday. Seamus was born on Sept. 8th 1927 and he and his family were invited to the party. Myself as MC introduced the evening and spoke of the tremendous work done by Seamus in local organisations over the years highlighting his contribution to the Building of the Leisure Centre and the Enterprise Centre, the production of a number of books on the history and heritage of the area, his popular Heritage and historical articles in the Northern Standard, his involvement with Clann McKenna, his many appearances in Drama production locally and in Scor competitions, his work in the setting up of Community Games and Tidy Towns, his career reaching Captain in the FCA, his running of the Cinema in Emyvale, the weekly provision of Library services every Friday night, and most of all his enormous contribution to Emyvale Development Association and the GAA. As a long serving Secretary of the Development Association he liaised with the Council and other bodies to secure added benefits for the area. These included new housing estates, the arrival of town water and sewerage, the change over to automatic telephone exchange, street development, and many other essential developments as the need arose.  The GAA was in his heart and soul and his work in promoting the GAA in all its aspects can never be itemised fully. He served as an administrator, coach, minibus driver, team manager, as Scor participant, as Scor Fear and Tí, as referee, as club secretary for almost 40 years, his weekly GAA column in the Northern Standard as Orielman, and his work with the juvenile club is immeasurable. Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, attended and presented Seamus with a specially commissioned and framed Emyvale Club jersey with his name and the number 90 printed on it. Paraic praised Seamus as a true Gael and thanked him for his enormous contribution in so many ways to the GAA.  A few other gifts were presented by members of the community representing the various organisations. Each presenter spoke of their memories of Seamus and thanked him for his work and support. Seamus, in reply, thanked all for their words of praise and best wishes on his birthday. All then enjoyed a very tasty buffet and shared the Birthday Cake. Throughout the evening excellent background music was provided by Oisin, Ryan, Lauren and Chloe Murphy and they were joined by Finian and Ruairi McCluskey. We would like to extend our best wishes and congratulations to Seamus on his special day and wish him many more years of health and happiness.

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