Monday, December 13, 2010
Even though all our clubs activity has been brought to an early end for 2010 because of the snow, we did end the year on a very high note with a Civic Reception in the Bray Town Hall on Tuesday, 7th December to commemorate our 125th Anniversary. Cathaoirleach David Grant paid a much appreciated tribute to the Club and reminded those present that the club was formed in the Town Hall in 1885. He recalled various victories from the winning of the All Ireland in 1902 through to the current Ladies victory in the 2010 Senior Championship. He wished the Minor Hurlers well who are in the final of the Championship. This final which has been delayed due the snow will now be played in the New Year.
Hon, Club Presidents Tom Walsh and Jackie Napier got special mention for their work for the Club over the years.
Our newly appointed Cathaoirleach, Frances Stephenson accepted, on behalf of the Club, a presentation by Councillor Grant of a beautiful print of the Town Hall. She thanked the Cathaoirleach and the Town Council for recognising the Club in such a way. She said it was fitting that the 125th Anniversary celebrations were drawing to a close in the building where the club was founded. Frances said that many activities took place during the year to celebrate the anniversary and the highlight was the official opening of the new club house and pitches on Old Connaught Avenue. There are now four pitches including a state of the art 3G all weather pitch. She spoke of the true sense of volunteerism that existed in the Club and thanked all present who give their time to the club.
Every team in the club was represented by both a player and manager/mentor right through from our youngest in the Academy through to the senior teams in all four codes: Camogie, Ladies Football, Hurling and Football. The County Board was represented by Leas Cathaoirleach Mick Hagan and PRO Pat Mitchell. Frank Byrne, grandson of late Bray Emmets icon Matt Britton was also there. Frank's grandfather, Matt, was Chairman of the club for three decades and later President.
Frances thanked in particular Christine Flood, Town Clerk, for allowing her to hold her first management meeting as Cathaoirleach in the Council Chamber earlier in the evening.