Teresa Hession took over as chairperson of Roscommon Gaels this year at a very busy time for the club. The Gaels field teams at all levels and across all codes and the club is currently raising funds for the construction of new dressing rooms in Lisnamult.
Despite the hard work off the field, Teresa says it is still very important for the club that their flagship team is appearing in the county final.
“We are all really looking forward to the final, it is where we want the lads to be. We came very close to getting there a few times but this year we got over the line (reached the final) with hard work, dedication and a great management team.
“This team has matured – having been successful minors and U-21s – and it took us a while to get it together but it happened for us this year.”
The Gaels chairperson was quick to highlight the wonderful support the club receives from businesses in the town.
“This is a very big club and we have a lot of teams in all codes – which is hard to manage – but the club is really developing. Lisnamult is developing well too. We are fundraising at the moment. The business community in the town have got behind us, which is great. We have hundreds of kids playing and we have mentors at all levels and we have been in quite a few county finals this year so it’s all very positive.”
This weekend promises to be a huge one for the county town club with a major fundraiser due to take place on the eve of the biggest game of the year. Teresa is hoping the Gaels make it a weekend to remember.
“We have a major fundraiser, ‘The Kube’, here in the Hyde Centre the night before the county final so hopefully the place will be heaving on Saturday night. “Then on Sunday, it would of course be fantastic to win the county final. We are going in as underdogs and we have to accept that. Brigid’s are such a successful team and we have to respect them. However, we are not there to make up the numbers and we are there to take this across the line.”