C.L.G Breachmhaigh

 Millennium Symposium
"The G.A.A. past and present - the real Ireland"
Speaker: Michael O Muircheartaigh
In Breaffy House Hotel.
30th of November 1999.

The Breaffy G.A.A Millennium Symposium began last night with the renowned commentator Michael O Muircheartaigh taking to the podium. For nearly 3 hours, he spoke on topics concerning the development of Gaelic Games in Ireland. He reminisced on great events in Irish history which propelled the interest in the sport. Stories from matchs, and interviews with players conducted over the years were told with great humour.
   The crowd in attendance were treated to an evening filled with humour and story telling, as the greatest of Irish commentators recounted his memories of some of the great events in G.A.A history. 
   At the end of the night the crowd were offered the chance to but questions to the speaker. Some of the questions concerned the growing lack of interest in some built-up urban areas in Gaelic Games. The effects of soccer on the sport and the level of youth involvement was another question but to the speaker. He placed concern on the topic of players becoming professionals. He recounted the effects on small clubs after professional rugby was introduced. He spoke at length of the effects that 'major sponorship' within the G.A.A might bring to all levels of the organisations.
 His concerns were also reflected by the 'Cathoirleach' for the night Martin Carney.

Before the eveing got underway a presentation was made to Michael O Muircheartaigh by Gerry Bourke, Chairman of Breaffy G.A.A.
 A bronze carving entitled "The Ploughman" from the famous Genesis collection was presented on behave of Breaffy G.A.A in appreciation and recognition of his work and achievements in the G.A.A over the years.


A good crowd attended the opening night of the Millennium Symposium. At 'half-time' Michael O Muircheartaigh offered a question to the crowd as part of a competition for a prize of dinner for two in the Hotel. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served and the crowd enjoy a brief recess in the speachs.

Some of the Committee Members of Breaffy G.A.A pictured with Michael O Muircheartaigh and Martin Carney. Back Row L-R: Tom Canavan, Tom Martin, Kevin Mc Ging and Donal O Gallachoir. Front Row L-R: Michael O Muircheartaigh, Martin Carney and Gerry Bourke.

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Millennium Symposium
Upcoming Speakers:

Jan 18th 2000

"The G.A.A. and the media - A necessary evil"
Speakers - Eugene McGee, Jack Mahon
Open Forum 9.30pm.
Cathaoirleach - Sean Rice

Feb 10th 2000

"The G.A.A. and changing times - It was a man's world"
Speakers - Helen O'Rourke, Liam Horan
Open Forum 9.30pm.
Cathaoirleach - M.J. Reddington

March 7th 2000

"The G.A.A. and its players-Are they really appreciated?"
Speakers - Liam Mc'Hale, Ollie Baker, Noel Connelly.
Special Guest - Sean Mc'Cague
Open Forum 9.30pm.
Cathaoirleach - Sean Grealis

April 11th 2000

"The G.A.A. and the new millennium - A new Ireland."
Speakers - John O'Mahoney, Pat Holmes, Ger Loughnane.
Open Forum 9.30pm.
Cathaoirleach - Jim O'Shea


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