McDonnell’s message to current players

County Hurling Board chairperson Brian McDonnell urged Roscommon’s young hurling stars to cherish what they had achieved and to learn from the men of 1965.   Pointing out that the ‘trail-blazers’ of 1965 were showing just what being part of a team meant to them – by attending the function and bonding so well – Mr. McDonnell said that the players who brought glory to Roscommon hurling in 2007 should take a leaf from their book. The team of 1965 were great trail-blazers and it was evident that there was a great bond between them.   He urged the current players to keep playing, to appreciate how much they can give to their clubs and to their county, and to realise that they had made history. He urged them not to pass on this opportunity (to continue playing and build on last year’s success).   Praising ‘inspirational guru’ David McConn, the chairperson said that Roscommon hurling had been at a crossroads last year, but the three challenges faced had all been met. This was a reference to success in Division Three, the Nicky Rackard Cup and in the U-21 All-Ireland. He wished to thank the players for their efforts and to acknowledge the sacrifices they had made.             Mr. McDonnell also thanked his colleagues on the Hurling Board and the Football Board officers for all their co-operation and added his appreciation to the clubs who provided facilities.