St Mary’s Baton Twirlers celebrate their 40th anniversary

July 1, 2019 0

A fabulous night with dear friends and family was held in the Bracken Court Hotel on Saturday 29th June for local club, St Mary’s Baton Twirlers. The night was full of fun and special memories were made. Speeches were said by Dinah Black and Michael Connolly where they looked back on a few of the fun filled years with the club.

Presentations were made to the founding members of Michael and Marian Connolly, club directors and coaches Dinah Black, Susan Mullen, Tara Connolly, Sharon Pyne Farrell, Johanna Buckley and Amanda Bergin. Many of the current twirlers were there for the occasion as well as many past members and their parents. It really was a special occasion for this fantastic club who are still going from strength to strength.

St Mary’s Baton Twirlers are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and were established as a Marching Band and Majorettes in 1979 and developed to what we now know as St. Mary’s Baton Twirlers. Michael Connolly and Marian Connolly are the founder members of the club and and are still involved, as coach and Club Directors as is their Daughter Tara Connolly.

Susan Mullen joined when the club was formed 40 years ago as an athlete and is now one a Club Director and Coach and Dinah Black also started coaching within the first couple of week back in 1979 still coaching and Club Director today. Three of our other coaches returned after a absence of a few years and their young daughters are also twirling with us.

We currently have over 70 members including Athletes, Coaches and Club Directors and Parent Helpers. St. Mary’s are the current ABTI National Champions for the 2nd consecutive year and 18 of our athletes qualified at National Trials to represent Ireland at the European Championships in Ljutomer in Slovenia at the beginning of July this year and they will compete in 24 different events including freestyle, freestyle pair, team and group. Some of the other countries competing are Slovenia Catalonia and Romania.

For information on St Mary’s Baton Twirlers and their training times click here