Cahir House Hotel was the venue on for a most enjoyable evening to mark the retirement of Cahir man Eddie Lonergan as secretary of the Tipperary County Football Board. Eddie was secretary of the Board for 24 years and was stepping down due to the 5-year rule change.
The occasion was graced by the presence of Archbishop Dermot Clifford, patron of the GAA. The large attendance that turned up from all corners of the county showed appreciation for all the work that Eddie has done and reflected his standing in the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Those in attendance included Tipperary County Board officers, Barry O’Brien (chairman) Tim Floyd (secretary) Eamonn Buckley (treasurer) Tom Maher (secretary of CCC) John Costigan (Central Council delegate); and Tipperary Football Board officers Noel Morris (chairman), Michael Power (secretary) and Hugh Coghlan (PRO).
Also present were Friends of Tipperary Football president Con Ryan, Dick Egan (South chairman), Mick Quinn (South treasurer), Sean Creamer (County chairman Bord na nOg) and Neil Ryan (secretary Bord na nOg); Tipp Football manager John Evans and former managers Colm O’Flaherty, Pete Savage, Seamus McCarthy and John Mulvihill.
The Cahir club was very well represented and John O’Connor, chairman, spoke of Eddie’s work on behalf of the club. Eddie has been secretary of Cahir club for 30 years and continues in that role.
Speakers on the night were Archbishop Clifford, Barry O’Brien and Noel Morris. All were introduced by incoming Football Board secretary Michael Power who was master of ceremonies for the occasion. They reflected on the work that Eddie has done on behalf of the GAA at club and county level.
Dedication, commitment, excellence, preparedness and determination were words used to define Eddie Lonergan’s contribution to his work on behalf of the Association. He should be proud that the long hours he has spent as Football Board Secretary are reflected in the strong health of football in a county in what many regard as a hurling stronghold. A common theme of those in attendance was the respect that they had for Eddie.
A highlight of the evening was a presentation to Eddie’s mother Margaret to acknowledge her work for the Association. All those associated with Cahir club and those in contact with Eddie as Football secretary were deeply appreciative of Margaret’s willingness, friendliness and enthusiasm. When one realises that all jerseys of the Cahir club are cleaned by Margaret, the qualities of the lady shine through.
In reply Eddie thanked all those who helped him carry out his secretary’s role and he appreciated the work that previous chairmen and football managers had done in developing the game of football.
Eddie was presented with a television set as token of appreciation to his service as secretary. A presentation was also made to Margaret Lonergan to mark all the behind-the-scenes work she has done on behalf of the GAA.