7 January 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Darren Doherty arrived home to a hero’s welcome once again when Emyvale GAA and invited guests assembled in the Leisure Centre in Emyvale to honour his achievements at the US Junior Nationals.
The Irish Junior Team arrived in Dublin Airport on Monday at 1.30 after a long journey of 18 hours from San Diego via San Francisco and Frankfurt, tired but a happy bunch of handballers following their amazing success story at the 55th USHA Junior Nationals. The 6 members of the team, Caolan Daly (Tyrone), Killian Carroll (Cork), Darren Doherty (Monaghan), Lorraine Havern (Down), Catriona Casey (Cork) and Lauren O’Riordan (Roscommon) had a clean sweep at the US Junior Nationals when all members of the team won their respective Singles US Title in the 19 & Under, 17 & Under and 15 & Under grades. Darren also partnered his team-mate Killian Carroll from Cork in the 17 & Under Doubles tournament in San Diego. They battled their way to the final and were narrowly beaten in the tie- breaker by the number one US seeds Audet and Bidegain. A fantastic achievement for all involved and congratulations to each and every one of them.
This latest coup topped off a perfect year for Darren Doherty from the Emyvale Handball Club following his achievements during the year when he won the 40 x 20 U-16 All Ireland Final, the Colleges Junior All Ireland Final and the Irish Nationals final. He was also named as National Youth Male Player of the Year 2010 at the National All Star Awards Night in Croke Park in December. To now be part of the Irish Junior team sent to America and to add a US Junior title to the haul is just fantastic for Darren, for Emyvale HC, for Co. Monaghan Handball and indeed for Irish Handball. Congratulations and well done to Darren on a fantastic year.
Guests who attended the official homecoming celebrations organised by Emyvale GAA included members of Emyvale GAA Club, members of Emyvale Handball Club, Paul Curran Monaghan GAA County Chairman, Sean McKenna Monaghan GAA County Secretary, Marion Donnelly Monaghan GAA County Treasurer, John Finn Emyvale GAA Chairman, Austin McKenna Ulster Handball Secretary to mention but a few, and many thanks to them all for attending at such short notice. There were many kind words said by all praising Darren’s achievements over the year and congratulating him on his US Junior title. Pete Larkin, Darren’s Coach of many years was also in attendance and was of course delighted with the success of his young protégé in San Diego. Pete got Darren interested in Handball in the Mycale Handball Club when he was just 7 years of age and has guided and mentored him through a lot of tournaments at County, Provincial, National and World level so it was a proud evening for him. Eight years later he has a World and now US champion to be proud of.

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