Gorey-Sri Lanka Cricket Tour launched

Pictured at the Gorey Cricket Club launch in the Loch Garman Arms, Gorey, last night were; (left to right) Anslem Diaz, Cllr Andrew Bolger, Al FitzGerald (Chairperson), Pradeep H. Gamage (Club Captain), Bartle Esmonde (who presented a Esmonde Perpetual Cup) and Rob Millard (MC).

By Dan Walsh in Gorey

About 30 members have signed up for next year’s Gorey-Sri Lankan Cricket Tour 2023 involving cricket matches, sightseeing, assisting in the construction of children’s homes in the wake of the Tsunami 2004, and generally growing stronger links between the two countries.

Details of the tour were unveiled last night at a pleasant presentation organised by Gorey Cricket Club in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey.

Club Captain Pradeep H. Gamage introduced the itinerary and updated plans for the 14-day trip next February. There was a presentation on Sri Lanka, which is a tropical island famously described by Marco Polo as “undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world.”

Though the efforts of Brian Brennan, who addressed the gathering via video, the link will continue to grow stronger as Gorey will be visiting the Arklow Boys Home and the Wexford Girls Home during the tour while a fundraising campaign will soon take place.

Gorey Cricket Club’s presentation was addressed by Al Fitzgerald (Chairperson), Herbie Honohan (Development Officer with Cricket Leinster, and Mr Bartle Esmonde, who kindly sponsored the Gorey/Kilmuckridge Colleges Esmonde Perpetual Trophy in honour of his esteemed family from Ballynastragh, whose links with cricket date back to the 1800s.

Rob Millard acted as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed everybody to the function, thanked the speakers, and wished all well on the Sri Lanka tour.

AUDIO ADDITION; Chairperson of Gorey Cricket Club AL FITZGERALD talks to DAN WALSH at Tuesday night’s launch in Gorey.

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