News & Events 13th December 2018

Well I hope you all feel the same pride in our Tennis Club as those who attended the presentation on Monday evening last felt as the Gold Clubmark award was presented to our President Geraldine Colgan. On hand to present the award were Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Tennis Ireland Chief Executive Richard Fahey. Geraldine gave a powerful speech reflecting all that is Monkstown. Richard Fahy followed with an equally positive few words, concluding with Mary Mitchell O’Connor who one might have thought was a member she was so au fait with what makes Monkstown the special club it is. Thank you to our guests and to Johnny for coordinating everything so efficiently.

The Mixed turkey tournament was a great success with sunshine, tennis, good fun. Well done Carmel & Johnny, you’ve got your captaincy off to a flier! As have Karen & Anne Marie producing delicious food & not to forget Alan (would I ever!!) for the tasty mulled wine you served.

Club Night tonight will be hosted by Tom & Bernadette, pop down and enjoy what should be a fun evening!

The Ladies Morning Committee hosted a lovely morning yesterday to present our past Lady Captain Denise with a gift from the Lady members. Deirdre Hornshaw said a lovely few words to which Denise duly responded.  Denise has asked me to thank you all so much for the more than generous gift, she was overwhelmed with your generosity. A new Ladies Committee has been elected for the coming year, spearheaded by Caroline Berwick the new members are Linda Blake, Noreen Cleary, Anthea Lydon, Fiona O’Sullivan and Niamh Smythe.  A huge thank you to the outgoing committee of Sarah Jane – Helen and Anne…you did Trojan work throughout the year.

Ladies Morning tennis will take a break until Wednesday 9th January.

All quiet on the Junior front, group coaching recommences from Monday 7th January

LOST PROPERTY: There is a mountain of Lost Property on the table under the TV in the function room, some really good pieces, so please pop in and claim. They’ll be on view until the New Year when they will then be donated to Gabriel Grier who traditionally brings them out to South Africa with him to distribute amongst the poorest of the poor children.

A big honour has been bestowed on our member Kevin O’Connor. The French Government made him a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” in recognition of his contribution to French language and culture. He is for many years a director of Alliance Francaise, Dublin and an adjudicator of Joutes Oratoires, secondary school debating. The bestowal ceremony recently took place in the French Ambassador’s residence on Ailesbury Road.  Congratulations Kevin, what an honour.