Wednesday 22 May 2019

Year of celebration at Portmarnock AFC as it celebrates its 40th!

Fiona Peppard

There was a definite sense of nostalgia in the air at the Portmarnock AFC memories night. Past and present members came together to reminisce on the best of 40 years, bringing with them an abundance of memorabilia.

Match day booklets, jerseys, newspaper cuttings and photographers were on display, bringing members back to their days playing schoolboy soccer. Since the first Portmarnock AFC team was formed following a mini leagues competition 40 years ago, the club has grown to nearly 600 members.

The driving force behind the succe4ss of the club is the community effort. Many of the founding members, including Sean Bolton and Jackie Irwin, who attend the Memories night, are proud to have their now adult children involved as coaches and committee members.

Over the past few decades, former players have returned to Portmarnock AFC as coaches, bringing with them the next generation to join one of the 41 teams in the club. It's a busy year for the club as the 40th year celebrations continued.

The Memories night saw the launch of the next two events lined up for the club. The senior team play Oxford Unit on Monday, July 9 at the club's grounds at Paddy's Hill.

Next up on the social calendar is the black-tie anniversary ball on September 29 when special guest, former Ireland manager Eoin Hand, will be joined by 200 club members to celebrate the 40th anniversary  in style.

Fingal Independent