Glenmore AC celebrate 50th
The Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford was the venue for the 50 years celebrations of Glenmore Athletic Club on Friday night last.
Two hundred and seventy athletes, friends and family gathered for the event where they entered through a balloon arch of Club colours of green and white. There were people from Glenmore, Cooley, Lordship, Carlingford, Omeath, Dundalk and many from further afield such as Deirdre McGrath, Ken and Edel Farnon, Ann Malone, Christy Regan, Peter Gorman to name but a few.
Also in attendance were athletics such as Tommy Neary, John and Mary McGeown, Christian Maas, Catherine Muckian. Zoe Conway and John McIntyre with their children Fiona and Eoghan, also Glenmore juvenile athletes, started the event with some melodic tunes culminating in a haunting rendition of 'Lovely Glenmore', a Brendan O'Dowda song about the townland, by Zoe and family.
The master of ceremonies for the evening was Patrick O'Reilly, son of Francis, former chairperson and honorary president. The after dinner speeches were led by Georgina Drumm, the first female chairperson of Athletics Ireland and a Mountpleasant AC native. In a witty speech she outlined the close ties that always existed between her former club Mountpleasant AC and Glenmore.
She congratulated Glenmore on their achievements and support to the sport in the area and county, and in this year of equality in sport commended especially the women of Glenmore.
Irene Brady and Patrick then welcomed founder members and honorary presidents to the stage to present them with a commemorative clay plate produced locally by Celtic Clays, Omeath, and the stand made by club member John Kane with handwritten dedication by Johnny McCabe. Rose White, chairperson, and Kenneth McBride, vice- chairperson, presented commemorative pieces to founding members Vincey Savage, Kevin Barry, Michael McCann (son of Owen McCann RIP), Ambrose McBride (son of Michael McBride RIP) and Joanne Keenan (granddaughter of Danny Ferguson who was unable to attend) and to honorary presidents Mickey O'Hagan and Francis O'Reilly.
Francis O'Reilly, honorary president, former chairperson, trainer and athlete then spoke of the dedication, pride and continuing success of the Club. Tommy Cumiskey, former chairperson, also spoke of the pride in the track at Bush and work of the community and members in keeping the Club alive.
Chairperson Rose White then took to the podium to thank all who came for the celebration and applauded all who helped to keep the Club going throughout the fifty years. Special mention was made of Club stalwarts Frank McCann, Jim Clerkin and Danny Ferguson who could not be with us on the night.
Shane Healy, Olympian, then spoke and was present to launch the book published for the fifty years: The Life and Times of Glenmore Athletic Club, 1969-2019, Five decades and Still Running. This was a special moment as the book was published by Michelle McMahon, Vision Design, who is a granddaughter of founder member Owen McCann thus making it a truly family affair. Gerry McAlinden and Sean Boyle who were involved in the research and writing of the book both spoke of their links to Glenmore and the experience of compiling this work which is not only a history of the Club but a local history of fifty years on the Peninsula and its context in national and border life.
Georgina Drumm, Sean Boyle and Gerry McAlinden were all presented with a copy of the book, whilst chairperson Rose White, secretary Fiona Mhic Conchoille, Mary Clerkin (wife of Jim Clerkin) were presented with bouquets of flowers kindly donated by O'Neills flowers who have a long association with Glenmore.
There was a steady crowd eager to buy up the book with its photos and stories galore, Instagram photos were taken, official photos patiently snapped by Maria Mitchell, a rolling slideshow of photos of athletes through the years was shown with tables of photos, trophies and gear whilst commemorative pens were allocated to all, surprise spot prizes won but most of all stories and memories were shared between all whilst the Booze Brothers sang on into the night.
Thanks to all the sponsors: Aidan McCoy, Castletown Pharamacy, Duinn Designs, Martina Scott Designs, Garrett Mallon Jewellers, Centra - Valentines, Exclusive Hair, Ruby Ellens Tea rooms, Des Savage Butchers, Unique Boutique, Memories Shop, McKevitts Village Hotel, Lush Boutique, All Care Pharmacy, Soul Sanctuary Reflexology, Annie Savage Pilates, Radiant Touch Beauty, Seamus & Olivia Duffy, Michael & Rosie Hanlon, Maria Mitchell Art, Buttercup Meadows, Cafe Rosa, Granvue Hotel, Xtrupak and Trinity Apartments, Waterford city centre.
On occasions such as this it is always difficult to make sure all are named and thanked. Suffice to say we can never truly thank enough all those who have contributed, supported, trained, mentored, stewarded, sponsored Glenmore AC. More than anything the nights celebrations showed the pride and vision in our community that has existed since our formation in 1969. We can only hope that this will remain strong and propel us into the next fifty years. Most especially we would like to congratulate all our athletes, seniors and especially juveniles, who hold the future in their hands.