THE Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Dara Murphy hosted a a reception for the Munster Council of the GAA today.
The event was organised in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the GAA and the contribution the Munster Council has made during that time.
Speaking at the reception, the Lord Mayor paid tribute to the many Corkmen who have held the position of Chair of the Council and made mention of the special contribution Cork has made to the history of the organisation.“Cork of course is well represented at this level. Present Úachtarán CLCG Christy Cooney is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman of Munster Council. Sean McCarthy (former Lord Mayor of Cork) was Chairman from 1929 to 1933 and 1938 to 1941. He was also a former President of the GAA and an uncle of the late Con Murphy, Freeman of the city of Cork.
“Although we naturally think first about our own city and county we are mindful that the Munster Council is a provincial council of the GAA, supporting the sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders and handball in the province of Munster. It has six constituent County Boards representing 500+ community based GAA clubs and approximately 200,000 volunteer members with its headquarters in Limerick”
The Lord Mayor made mention also of the special relationship that has existed between Cork City Council and the GAA and expressed a hope that current Úachtarán CLCG Christy Cooney would be presenting many trophies to captains of Cork teams in his term of office.
Concluding he added, “Down through the years the Council and the GAA have worked closely in the provision of facilities and infrastructure for sport in our city. It is my hope that this partnership will continue to flourish in these most difficult of times” he said.