John Murphy is new president of Probus Club

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

The Probus Club of Clonmel and District has a new president.

He’s John Murphy, who has taken over from Patrick Royce at the helm of the club of retired people drawn from the professional business community.

Originally from Garryspillane in Co. Limerick, John came to Clonmel in 1987 to work in the Probation Service, a job that he retired from almost five years ago.

Following his retirement he accepted an invitation to join Probus, which is associated with the Rotary organisation.

“The club is a relaxing outlet for men, particularly older men who are sometimes at risk of being isolated”, he says.

Its members meet over tea and coffee every second Thursday at Raheen House. Talks are given by people within the community and the itinerary for its gatherings early this year includes visits by well-known local historian Margaret Rossiter, who will discuss Charles Bianconi; retired Garda Sergeant Terry Butler, who will talk about personal safety for the older person; Danny Carroll, who will speak about Clonmel’s immense contribution to the world of music; and there will be a talk about creating your own electricity.

The season will conclude with a trip to Lough Gur and Adare in Limerick for the members and their spouses. A recital from the music collection of member Eddie Foyle brought the curtain down on last season’s activities.

In previous years members have visited the Dail; Aidan O’Brien’s world-famous horse racing stables at Ballydoyle; and local healthcare company Boston Scientific.

As well as organising the year’s activities the president is also responsible for maintaining links with other Probus clubs in Thurles, Kilkenny and Limerick. Plans are in place to meet up with those clubs in the second half of the year.

Members will also attend the annual national Probus rally, which will be held in Belfast in May.

John Murphy is married to Hilary (nee Riordan) who’s originally from Lough Gur and the couple have two grown-up children, Fionnuala and Andrew.

John’s hope for the year is that members will enjoy a relaxing and yet stimulating Thursday morning every other week; and that club membership, which currently stands at 43, will be increased.