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Joe Brolly in Town

These past few weeks will be marked in the End ofYyear Report as being a good time for the Emyvale club. On the field of play the Juveniles are doing well and in particular the U13's, who have brought silverware to the Club and they are not at the end of the season yet. The U21s were defeated finalists in their competition and all the underage teams are showing the positive results of the coaching and training going on in the club. The senior team, in the Junior ranks, are making a determined effort to step up to Intermediate next year and with Ryan McAnespie playing excellent football for the County Seniors and Karl Gallagher on the County Minor team also in the All-Ireland semi-finals our club is playing its part in the promotion of the GAA.
Off the field things are bright too as the Senior team has a new Main Sponsor in the form of Silver Hill Farm and the new jerseys were presented to the team recently. At Juvenile level Declan and Angela Forde presented the U13's with a new set of Jerseys a couple of weeks ago and the club is delighted with these presentations. You can see more on the Juvenile presentation
Another connection between the two sets of jerseys is the fact that they all carry the Logo for Organ donation promotion charity 'Opt for Life', spearheaded by the effervescent and energetic Joe Brolly. Derry were the first to wear the logo but now hundreds of jerseys throughout the country have the logo displayed. Because of this Joe Brolly gladly accepted an invitation to visit the Emyvale club and that visit happened on Wednesday,  August 8th. It was hosted by Silver Hill Farm and Joe arrived there first of all and after a photoshoot and refreshments of duck, and of course plenty of chat, with Joe asking a stream of questions about ducks and the Silver Hill process, all moved to Tully, the Emyvale Club HQ, where the Juveniles were in training and lots of family members awaited the arrival of the great personality that is Joe Brolly. The reaction of the young players was amazing as they crowded round the visitor firing question after question and Joe doing his best to answer all. Club Chairman, Eamonn McKernan welcomed all and a special welcome for Joe Brolly. Eamon thanked Joe for coming to Emyvale and congratulated him on the work he is doing to promote organ donation. In response Joe outlined how it all began for him and what it means for a person to become a living donor. He stated that there is nothing greater than to give life to another, be that a family member or a stranger. He quoted examples of that generosity and spoke of his own donation and the wonderful feeling that one can get from saving someone from death and giving them a new life. He urged everyone to consider organ donation seriously and thanked the club for promoting the 'Opt for Life' campaign by having the logo on all the jerseys. He thanked the players for wearing the jersey and urged them all to commit to training and effort in their playing of the football and wished them success. More photos followed as the young players, and not so young, lined up to get a photo with a man they all admired, Joe Brolly. Afterwards someone told a couple of players - 'the logo is on the back of the jersey and, if you want to show it off, you have to be in front of the other man - so remember be out in front and race ahead of all the rest or they won't see the logo'. It was a terrific evening for all concerned and one that the young players will remember and hopefully some people will get new lives from the generosity, which was sparked off by Joe's visit.