THE annual Carlow GAA Convention which took place in the community centre in Myshall was a relatively short affair lasting just over two hours. All officers posts were filled without having to take a vote.
The retirement of PRO Tommy Murphy after 33 years without a break was one of the big talking points of the evening and his immense contribution to the GAA in the county came up at various points during the meeting.
Sean Keogh, chairman of the host club, Naomh Eoin, welcomed delegates and alluded to his club colleague, Murphy, saying he had given “enormous service” to the GAA.
After many years’ service to the county board at the top level, Martin Barry is also retiring this year.
County board chairman Sean Campion referenced Barry and Murphy during his delivery to the floor.
“Martin did tremendous work,” Campion said of the Ballon man who was not present on the night.
Campion also paid tribute to Murphy’s tenure.
“From his first years his reputation got better and better. He became known all over the country. If you needed to get a job done you could be assured Tommy would have had a solution to it.
“If he didn’t, he would have known someone who would be able to help.”
Campion said the services of the long-standing PRO will be called on again and that he would not be let slip into the background. At the end of the meeting, to acknowledge the Naomh Eoin man’s service to Carlow GAA, a special presentation was made to Murphy by Carlow GAA President Pat O’Brien,
To everyone’s surprise and amusement, Murphy’s acknowledgement speech was short and very much to the point.
“I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “Where there is work been done in the clubs there are great GAA people,” he told the meeting.
He wished incoming PRO Linda Redmond well and reminded her she was the second Ballon club member to hold the position.
“Michael Dawson was the first PRO in 1978,” Murphy said .