WELL known local man Brian Gunning came in for warm praise when he was feted at the mens' captain's dinner at Tullamore Golf Club last Saturday evening.
A very popular man, Brian Gunning presided over a very successful year for mens' golf at the club with plenty of success and the various speakers were quick to acknowledge the rople he played.
A good crowd of members along with his own family and friends were present for a very sociable evening. Included among the attendance was the Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan, a childhood friend of Brian Gunning – the son of Tom and Peg Monahan, Bishop Monahan was born in Tullamore in 1967 – and president of the Golfing Union of Ireland, John Moloughney.
The master of ceremonies was Kevin Coughlan and the toast to Ireland was proposed by club president Joe Feely while captain elect, Pat Corcoran proposed the toast to the members. Mr Corcoran said they were here to celebrate a “very successful year” and he thanked the many members who assisted the club in a voluntary capacity. He mentioned the members who managed teams and represented the club in competitions.
Kevin Coughlan proposed the toast to the following guests: John Moloughney, Albert Lee (secretary GUI), Joe McNamara (incoming chairman Leinster GUI) and Tullamore official, Aidan Marsden of the GUI, Fr Joer Gallagher, parish priest, Tullamore; Bishop Fintan Monahan; Kevin Corrigan, sports editor Tullamore Tribune; Brian Gunning's father Mick and brothers Mick junior and John; and the representatives of Esker Hills and Mullingar Golf Clubs.
Mr Moloughney replied on behalf of the guests and praised Tullamore Golf Club for their success last year, in particular winning the Barton Cup while he also spoke about Stuart Grehan and his bid to make it in professional golf.
The toast to the captain was proposed by John Kelly, who said: “You would go a long way to find a better friend and more likeable character”. Mr Kelly stated that the turnout was a testament to the captain's popularity while he paid tribute to his mother, Catherine Gunning who died during the year.
Mr Gunning replied by stating: “My motto is to be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when help is needed and brave enough to ask for it”.
He stated that it was a privilege to be captain and he wished Stuart Grehan every success for 2019. He congratulated Martin Lowry, the winner of his captain's prize and he thanked all the members who helped him during the year.
Mr Gunning spoke about the great relationship between the mens' and ladies sections in the club and he thanked president Joe Feely for his help and co-operation. He concluded by wishing the best of luck to the incoming captain Pat Corcoran and captain elect, Mick Hannon.