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
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.