Waterford's star hurlers out in force for Club Déise fundraiser in London

Waterford's star hurlers out in force for Club Déise fundraiser in London

WATERFORD GAA supporters Club Déise have hosted their second annual dinner dance and fundraiser in London.

The event, held at at The Clayton Crown Hotel Cricklewood, was attended by hurling team manager Derek McGrath and his management panel Dan Shanahan, Fergal O'Brien and Colin McCarthy.

Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson also joined alongside All-Star Jamie Barron, Barry Coughlan, Colin Dunford, Connor Gleeson, Tommy Ryan, Brian O'Hallorn, Tadhg de Búrca, Shane and Darragh Fives, Maurice Shanahan and Jake Dillon.

The night was hosted by Waterford radio personality Kieran O'Connor.

Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson with Tom Bergin from Kilburn Gaels

Irish Ambassador to Britain, and Waterford native, Dan Mulhall addressed guests as he recalled memories of his childhood around the city and his great pride in the county.

After dinner, team manger Derek McGrath reflected on his side's progress in the 2017 National League and how the focus has now turned to the Munster Championship games against either Tipperary or Cork on June 18.

Players Austin Gleeson and Jamie Barron also spoke about the level of commitment now needed at the highest level of inter-county and the sacrifices made to keep pace with the other counties.

Memorabilia was auctioned on the night, including a signed Waterford hurling jersey and a signed All-Ireland U21 jersey.

Money raised on the night goes towards the provision of training camps over the coming year.

Club Déise thanked all who attended and contributed generously – especially those who travelled over from Waterford.

The organising committee also paid special thanks to Paddy Hogan, Nickie Power and all the staff of the Clayton.

More photos can be viewed here or in the print edition of this week’s Irish Post newspaper.