Clonmel Town Football Club held a social at the Clonmel Park Hotel to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It was a very well organised and enjoyable night for all those present who represented the past, present and future of the club.
Chairman Sean Kiely gave a wonderful speech covering the history of the club from its formation back in 1963 and covering the five decades of its history, including the early days in the Tipperary Southern and District League (TSDL), the Munster Senior League participation and the successful Munster and FAI Junior Cup campaigns.
Town’s purchase and development of the Dr. Pat O’Callaghan Complex and its importance to the general and sporting community of Clonmel, who continue to avail of the excellent facilities, was highlighted on the night. Sean acknowledged the hard work and dedication of all committee members throughout the years, from the founders through to the present day. Many were present at the social but sadly some have passed to their eternal rest but will never be forgotten including the late Jim O’Shea, Fen Cummins, Liam Delahunty, Johnny Kane and Kevin Butler to mention a few.
The club awards for the 2012-13 season were presented and the winners were as follows - Junior A Team Player of the Year - Adrian Cleere; Junior B Team Player of the Year - Thomas O’Mahoney; Youth Team Player of the Year - Mark O’Reilly; Clubman of the Year - Pat Hayes; Supporter of the Year - John Turner.
Over the past few decades Clonmel Town F.C. has been privileged to have received generous sponsorship from local businesses which have assisted in the running of the club. This support is greatly appreciated and the club acknowledges those sponsors - Michael O’Mahoney, Michael Woodlock, Michael Maher and the McLean family in The Local Bar.
The club is grateful to The Park Hotel, who provided an excellent venue and service on the night, and all the players, managers, coaches, committee members and loyal supporters who have all contributed to the success of this great club for the past 50 years. Here’s to the next 50.
In the words of the late Lally Hally, “C’mon The Town Now!”.