Brian Murphy, John Power and David Farrell, at the official opening of Tramore AFC new People’s Stand. Photos: Joe Evans.
The weather stayed fine for the good people of Tramore AFC on Sunday afternoon last as their brand new stand, named “The People’s Stand” was officially opened by two esteemed clubmen in David Farrell and Brian Murphy.
In an official ceremony held at Graun Park, representatives of the Waterford Schoolboy Football League, the Waterford Junior League and the Referees Society joined the people of Tramore AFC on what was a real day of celebration.
A PROUD CHAIRMAN
It was a proud day for their chairman John Power, who is in that position for over 50 years, as it was always his dream to see a stand at the venue and together with David Farrell, Brian Murphy and Paul Power, was presented with lifetime of services awards by club treasurer Stuart Kennedy.
In his speech, the humble Tramore AFC chairman said, “Today is a great day for our club and I’m delighted to see so many people turn out for this event. This is all due to the hard work of you, the people of Tramore, for making our dream of having a stand turn into a reality.
“The community of Tramore really came together to support all our fundraising activities, including the many people that sponsored the seats in the stand, and because of this support, we have such excellent facilities including the wonderful new gym.
THANKS ALL AROUND
“We’re very proud of all our players, managers and coaches, who continue every week to ensure the smooth running of this club. I’m also thankful to the amazing work that people like David Farrell, Brian Murphy and members of Tramore Golf Club do for our pitches.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the work of Tom Cunningham of Dungarvan Precision, David and Jim Hennessy, Eamon McSweeney, Pat Halley, David Kent, John Murphy and our own Niall Brennan, who was site manager throughout the construction of the stand.
“In addition big thanks to David Kent for putting a fantastic montage of our FAI Cup U-17 and U-18 winning sides. It is a fitting tribute to the magnificent achievement of all the players and management of Jason Bowman, Paul Walsh, Brendan White and Gary Hunt.
“Today is a special day for our club and as you can see we have really gotten the support of people like Daniel McCormack, Gary Power, Damien O’Brien, our ladies, Annette O’Neill, Jackie Kennedy and Laura Richard, who have done an unbelievable job.
“We’re very thankful to Supervalu for their generous contribution here today and I’d like to also welcome our guests, Pat Kelly, Davy Cullen and Mary Ray of the WSFL, Martin Flavin, John Foskin and Michael Butler of the Junior League and Richie Brazil, on behalf of the referees.”
The stand was blessed by Monsignor Nicholas O’Mahony where prayers were read by Saoirse O’Brien, Evan O’Brien, Sam Hamilton, Leah Fontague and Hannah Reville. It was a marvellous occasion and credit to everybody who made it happen.
Brendan Kavanagh, Gino Kavanagh, Paddy Ryan and Michael Kavanagh, at the official opening of Tramore AFC new People’s Stand.