Liam O’Neill in Trumera homecoming

new GAA President, Liam O’Neill performed his first official function this Sunday afternoon in his native Trumera.

new GAA President, Liam O’Neill performed his first official function this Sunday afternoon in his native Trumera.

He officially opened the new Trumera GAA grounds and dressing rooms at 4pm. The opening ceremony was followed by a charity match in aid of Headstrong Ireland, and in memory of clubman, the late Jim Savage. The Trumera team lined out against a number of Jim’s friends.

In his acceptance speech at Congress in Killenard yesterday (Saturday), Liam O’Neill placed a special emphasis on community and his home place.

“I have learned a huge amount from being involved in this organisation,” he told delegates.

“I have learned a huge amount about what being part of a community means. I am delighted that so many members of my own family, extended family, and my friends from Trumera are here in the hall as are many friends from other clubs in Laois and further afield who wanted to be present to share this moment with me! I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

“Nor can I tell you how much the support I have received from the people of Trumera over the last year has meant to me. Tomorrow I will be spending my first day as president of the GAA with the people of Trumera. My first official function will be to open our new dressing rooms. The club has designated tomorrow as our Lá na gClub and I know that the wider GAA community will understand that as my next three years will be spent with other clubs I want and will be delighted to spend my first day amongst my own people.

We are a tiny community. We formed our club 40 years ago and there is no doubt there is strength in unity and in community. I grew up in that community. I served that community through my involvement in the GAA and more importantly through my involvement in Gaelscoil Thromaire for 31 years.”