The visit to Trim of the footballers from Etrepagny (USE Football) ended earlier today when the group of twenty six departed for France after an enjoyable five days spent locally as guests of the Club. The group was lead by Florence Bausmayer who has travelled many times to Ireland on similar trips since the exchanges started nearly twenty years ago.

They arrived last Monday & during the week they took part in a range of activities organised by Club officials including Ciaran Gaughran, Des Clancy, Ron Metcalfe, Michael Johnston, Mark Scanlon, Nick Nally, Des Fitzgerald & Club groundsman Robert Bradley. The highlight of the week was the playing of the Test Match on Thursday when the home side retained the trophy thanks to an impressive 2-0 win in a sporting & entertaining match at Tully Park. Both goals were scored by Jack Reilly – one in each half. Jack received the man-of-the match award. Picture shows Trim Celtic captain Colin Stowe accompanied by team manager Ron Metcalfe, receiving the trophy from Ciaran Gaughran.

Activities during the week included a visit to Trim Castle, a Table Quiz, a Six-a-Side competition at the MDL, a round of Pitch & Putt at Trim P&P Club, a night of computer football in Scurlogstown & a full day’s visit to the National Acquatic Centre, Leisureplex in Blanchardstown followed by shopping. Halloween activities were enjoyed by all.

A Formal Welcome for the visitors was arranged by Cllr. Ray Butler Chairman of Trim Town Council.

Evening time entertainment was organised for the six adults in the group including a meal in Brogan’s on Friday night.

The group stayed in the homes of local families.

In all eighteen exchanges have taken place between the two clubs since 1988.

Club Secretary Des Clancy has again expressed his thanks to all who helped make the visit so successful РGerry Gorman of the MDL, Andy Reilly of Cohort Recruitment, the Committee of Trim Pitch & Putt Club, the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire, Bob Carney Chairman of Trim Twinning Committee & most of all the host families.

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