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Gaelic Sport: Thomas McCurtains enjoy top time on trip to Ireland to face Passage West

PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 28 April 2016

Members of the women's football team present Fionnuala McCurtain, granddaughter of Thomas, with a club shirt

Members of the women's football team present Fionnuala McCurtain, granddaughter of Thomas, with a club shirt

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Goodmayes club remember Easter Rising in matches with Passage West

Thomas McCurtains had plenty of fun on their trip to County Cork to face Passage West, despite losing the series 2-1.

The men’s and women’s footballers and the men’s hurlers all made the trip across the Irish Sea as part of the Goodmayes club’s commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

A proclamation, read both in Gaelic and English, started the day, before the matches began in near perfect conditions.

First up were the hurlers who, despite a brave battle against their hosts, lost 1-24 to 4-10 in a pulsating contest.

The women took to the pitch next and drew McCurtains level overall courtesy of a cracking 1-10 to 1-5 success.

But in another tight match, the men’s footballers were edged out by just a point against their hosts, losing 2-5 to 1-7.

Following the matches, Fionnuala McCurtain, granddaughter of the man who gave the outfit its name, gave a speech and provided the visitors with a club history.

The weekend trip was particularly enjoyed by all, but especially footballer Gavin O’Flaherty who came up against his former side.

O’Flaherty had been a key figure in organising the trip for McCurtains, who were keen to thank him for his efforts.

“Thomas McCurtains wish to thank Gavin for all the work he did to make this weekend happen,” said a club spokesperson.

“We would also like to thank past players, members and families who travelled to support the club and all the volunteers at Passage West GAA Club who helped make it such a successful weekend.”

The women’s footballers continue their Easter Rising commemorations this weekend when they take part in a sevens tournament on Bank Holiday Monday.

The event takes place at the Emerald Grounds in Ruislip, starting at 10.30am and running throughout the day.

Also in sevens actions are the camogie squad, with their competition starting at 10.30am on Saturday in Greenford.

Dates have also been set for some of the club’s social events set to take place over the summer.

McCurtains are hosting a race at Tommy Flynn’s in Leytonstone on June 18, as well as their annual golf day on July 2 at the Stableford Abbots course.

That is in addition to their annual fun day, which takes place at their Goodmayes Hospital Sports Ground base on July 16.

New players are always welcome to join the club, with Gaelic football and hurling from under-eights to seniors for men and women, and the club is open to any players from Essex and east London.

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