WELL ! What a day , the sun came out and with the sun came the throngs , the hordes of people to see our celebrity being revealed . The Centre was resplendant in the summer sunshine as what seemed like half of Tramore descended upon GAA Central . Kudos here to the volounteers , the dozens of helpers who got the Centre ship shape for this wonderful day . A carnival atmosphere reigned for the entire day as Gino directed proceedings from the stage , The Gaelscoil Djembe drummers kicked off proceedings followed by the wonderful Phenomenon Hip Hop Dancers and then The butterfly Band took up the baton .
Meanwhile the Footballers kicked around for a bit before being locked down in the dressing room to await the arrival of our mystery celebrity . The Juvenile and Camogie Clubs ran blitz's , the TV crew moved through the crowd getting the money shots , the suppporters queued for burgers as the tension mounted . Everyone was in a great mood , the Bouncy Castle did a roaring trade . the kids entered for the Colouring Competition , and everyone wondered who it might be ?
Richie Hayes had been the early favourite with the bookies , but Rumours had developed that Calum Best had been seen earlier in the day , Paddy Doherty had been seen outside Cahill's , Georgia Salpa was seen entering Red Lane .....THE SUSPENSE !
Finally the BIG moment arrived , people craned their necks to see over their neighbours , is it ? could it be ? IT IS ........RICHIE HAYES .....Glory Be it's Richie after all , one of our own ! Fair Play to Ritchie , he must have signed a couple hundred autographs just to get through the crowd to the dressing room . Now there have been some famous reactions to celebrities when they have been revealed to the players in times past , but the roar that greeted Ritchie when he entered that dressing room nearly blasted him back out the door again.
Now the crowd are bubbling away outside while Ritchie talks to the players and , after a while , when he reappears , on the shoulders of the players , the roar that went up this time must have been heard all the way to Tullow . Stirring stuff and sure enough Ritchie stirred the crowd some more when he addressed them from the stage , a mixture of wit and bravado going down very well with this most partisan of gatherings . Of course he finished with a song before signing some more autographs , and then taking the lads for a training session , a well drilled training session too I might add .
It was wonderful to see the kids running along with their heroes on the pitch , posing for the cameras , getting caught up in the moment . After the training session , Ritchie went inside to the hall to help present the Colouring Competition winners with their prizes , ever courteous , posing for photographs . He announced too that our opponents will be Tullow of Carlow , managed by Mary Byrne , and he and Mary will go head to head to decide who gets the home match . Ritchie finally escaped our clutches to retire to his home after a thrilling and exhausting day , he will be back for the next training session Monday Night next the 16th July .
It must be said once again that the spirit in the club is at an all time high , with people volounteering alot of their time in an effort to get the Centre ready for this occasion and long may it continue . That was some day wasn't it ?