Carrigaline Tennis Club News
Aoife Ni Cheallachain
Carrigaline Tennis Club recently, and very successfully, held it’s annual senior doubles open tournament. Due to a very large entry, and to the skill and expertise of the organising duo, Fiona Crumplin and Brian Walsh, the matches got off to a flying start a day ahead of schedule. In the many days of beautiful sunshine we were blessed with, the club looked amazing thanks to the efforts of Louise Cogan who organised the club house, and Kaare Hegrum, Dermot Corkery and Ann Bogan who had spent much of their free time on outdoor painting, benches and flower boxes. Liz Christie organised a lot of food for the kitchen, and Mary Malone did a fantastic job of running the kitchen for the whole event and as always it was constantly busy due to the high standard of home-made delicacies. Thanks so much to all the members who contributed to it and to those who volunteered for kitchen duty. Thanks also to Brian Hurley of Kilmoney Stores who sponsored the kitchen during the tournament.
There was a great buzz around the club right throughout the week, with many spectators enjoying the lovely weather and the delights of the kitchen as well as the tennis and the banter that goes with it. Well done to Majella Daly and Maria O’Reilly for organising a raffle later in the week and to the junior members who helped sell tickets. Prizes for the raffle were sponsored by McGuirks Sports and Harvey Norman. The Friday night before finals day was the social highlight of the week, with a fabulous bar-b-que laid on, and again the weather held up. Thanks to Liz Christie again for organising the food for it, to all those who brought delicious salads, and to Tom Noonan and Mick O’Sullivan for several hours of cracking good cooking!
Finals day was very exciting, with great tennis and equally great support. Well done to all those who got to the finals – a great achievement! We wish to give special congratulations to the winners from Carrigaline Tennis Club – Donal Lennon, Jennifer Jones, Kasha Malysz, Noelle O’Callaghan, Diarmuid O Mathuna, Bridget Webb, Liz Christie, Sarah O’Flynn, Katarzyna Gumienny and Antoinette Mulcahy. Finally we would like to thank the main sponsor of the tournament, Stephen McCarthy of Astra Construction. We wish them well in their Janeville development in Carrigaline.