From Cowdung Park to greens of beauty

    Back, from left, Tony Dempsey, Vincent Kirby, Tom Dack, Tom Weadick, Liam O’Keeffe, Pascal Long, Pat Byrne, Johnny Murphy, John Dunphy. Front, from left, Johnny Dalton, Peter Lannon, Bart Begley, Christy Doyle, Johnny Delaney, Paddy Dempsey, Johnny Grady, Michael Cullen, Peter Brennan

    LOCAL soccer club Thomastown United kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations with a reunion of 18 of the men who started the club in 1968.

    The evening began with a gathering at Tim’s Bar. From there the group was taken by bus to United Park which was in immaculate condition on a beautiful evening.

    It was a far cry from where they had first played on the Station Road in the grounds which were known locally as Cowdung Park.
    A group photo was taken on the main pitch and Larry O’Neill gave a brief history of developments at the grounds since it was purchased in 1984.

    Then it was back on the bus for a trip around the new Community Walkway which surrounds the entire perimeter of United Park.
    Back in Tim’s, after some refreshments, the group enjoyed a beautiful meal thanks to John McNena and his courteous staff.

    On behalf of the club, Johnny O’Brien welcomed all and said how much Larry amd himself had enjoyed making contact with them over the previous weeks and listening to their recollections and stories.

    There was a memento for everyone and also a collage of newspaper cuttings from local newspapers of match reports from the

    1968-‘69 season.

    Christy Doyle responded on behalf of guests and thanked the club for the wonderful event.

    The evening edged to night as the banter continued and the old stories were retold.
    Thomastown United’s 50th anniversary celebrations are set to continue throughout the year. Among the upcoming events are a festive weekend in United Park on 11th & 12th Aug and a dinner dance in Mount Juliet on the first weekend in November.