Maurice Davin from Carrick-on-Suir was one of the GAAâ€™s founders and attended the meeting which set up the GAA at Hayes Hotel, Thurles on November 1 1884.
He was the GAAâ€™s first president and played a leading role in building the fledgling organisation.
The Maurice Davin Memorial Committee was founded to spearhead the development and erection of a statue of Maurice Davin in Carrick-on-Suir and to hold major festivities to honour him. The Committee were delighted with the recent news that the South Tipperary Development Company has sanctioned grant aid of â‚¬44,000 to assist in the development of the statue and the organisation of the festivities. The total cost of the memorial and festivities will be in the region of â‚¬75,000 and as a result there is a significant shortfall of funding.
The Committee are appealing to the generosity of clubs and supporters in Tipperary and beyond in the hope that they will donate towards the funding to ensure that this major cultural and historical figure is honoured in the appropriate manner. Any donation would be greatly appreciated no matter how small.
It is planned that there will be a weekend of festivities in Carrick-on-Suir which will include an inter county hurling match, juvenile matches, hand ball matches, etc in the Davin Park. There will be an exhibition of photographs memorabilia honouring players of the past and celebrating the GAA, together with a celebration of the achievements of culture and historical importance of Maurice Davin. The event will carry national and international media attention.
The festivities will take place in Carrick-on-Suir on the Bank Holiday Weekend, Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3 2013 in conjunction with The Clancy Brothers Festival which will take place also on that weekend.
President Michael D Higgins has been formally invited to officially unveil the memorial statue and launch the exhibition. Donations can be made to the Maurice Davin Memorial Fund either by electronic transfer or a cheque payment. The Committee understand that funding is tight in these times for all clubs and supporters and but they would be more than thankful for any financial support that is offered. Bank Account Details: Account Name: Maurice Davin Memorial Fund; Bank: Bank Of Ireland, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary; Sort Code: 90-59-69; Account No: 94389749