Carrick Swan Club welcomed the GAA President Christy Cooney to its clubrooms on Saturday afternoon last for the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Paddy Boland, who served the club for more than 60 years.
The plaque was unveiled by Mr Cooney and blessed by Fr Tom Flynn PP of Carrickbeg and Windgap Parish just over a year after Paddy from No. 7 Marian Ave., Carrick-on-Suir passed away at the age of 78 following a short illness.
The President and all the other speakers spoke in glowing terms at the ceremony of Paddy and the lifelong service he gave to Carrick Swan and the GAA.
Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band performed at the ceremony, which was attended by Paddy’s family and many friends from the Swan Club and wider community and GAA organisation.
The plaque unveiling was followed by the Paddy Boland Memorial U-8 Hurling Tournament on the Green involving teams from the Swan Club, St Molleran’s and Moyle Rovers. The tournament, which will be run annually, was won by Moyle Rovers.
Paddy Boland was secretary of Carrick Swan for a staggering 42 years and this record made him the longest serving club secretary in the history of the South Tipperary GAA Board.
In the years before his passing, he was the club’s treasurer, a role he filled with equal dedication up to his death.
Apart from these senior officer positions, Paddy also coordinated the Tipperary GAA Club Draw in the Swan Club, ran the Club’s annual Grand National Sweep, served on the Davin Park Field Committee for many years and represented the Swan Club at divisional and county board level.
He served on the South and County GAA Board appeals committee for many years as well.
Paddy also rolled up his sleeves to wash jerseys, line pitches and hang nets at the Swan Club
Swan Club PRO Sean McDonnell said the Swan Club wished to thank the GAA President for making himself available on the day and all those who contributed to a wonderful occasion.
“We also thank all those who helped in any way with our preparations, the brass band for their attendance, the visiting juvenile clubs who participated in the U-8 hurling tournament and the ladies committee for their work providing refreshments for those attending the ceremony and hurling tournament.
“Finally we thank Paddy’s wife Joan and the Boland family for allowing our club place a permanent reminder of Paddy in our clubrooms, a place where Paddy had spent so much of his life,” he said.
In other Swan Club news, Carrick Swan U-16 hurlers still await confirmation of their South Final fixture against St Mary’s.
It is most disappointing for this group of players and their mentors that this championship has been held up for so long.
Hopefully it will be decided this week.
Numbers drawn in last week’s juvenile lotto were 4, 19, 20 and 23.
There wasn’t a jackpot winner but five match 3 winners, who each won €40: Roseanne Hahessy, Oaklands; Caroline Hannigan, Cregg Lawns; Paddy Griffin, c/o Figgertys; Carmel Duggan, Owning and Cissie Russell, Pearse Square.
Next week’s jackpot is €2,250 and the Club sincerely thanks all those who continue to support and play the weekly lotto.
Entry costs €2 and this can be paid to any of lotto promoters or any Swan Club committee member.
Both the South Intermediate and Minor (A) hurling finals will be played in Davin Park on Saturday afternoon next.
The Davin Park Committee are to be complimented on the amount of work that has gone into the ground and surrounding areas this year.
Their work has not gone unnoticed with these very important finals in the fixtures calendar coming to Carrick-on-Suir.
The Club encourages its own players and members, and the general public, to attend the games on Saturday.