Liam on home turf for first presidential function

THE white and red flags of Trumera will be flying proudly next Sunday, April 15 when the club gets together to celebrate the inauguration of clubman Liam O’Neill, as well as remembering one of their young players, the late Jim Savage.

THE white and red flags of Trumera will be flying proudly next Sunday, April 15 when the club gets together to celebrate the inauguration of clubman Liam O’Neill, as well as remembering one of their young players, the late Jim Savage.

A day of festivities is planned and the club hopes that everyone in the local community will come along to join in the fun. The day begins at 3.30pm when the new President of the GAA, Liam O’Neill will be performing his first function in his new role. He will offically be opening the Trumera GAA grounds and dressing rooms.

“I am delighted that the club has finished off the dressing rooms and it is a fantastic facility to have the pitch and the dressing rooms for a townsland with a population of 150 or so people, and with no debt,” said Liam. “A lot of work has been done in the local community and it is an enormous honour to be with my own club on the first day of my presidency.” Liam will be opening the dressing rooms with Brian Allen, chairman of Laois GAA. “It is unique for one club to have both the President of the GAA and a county board chairman, and I am really looking forward to Sunday, there is no place I would rather be.”

The opening ceremony will be followed with a charity match at 4pm in aid of Headstrong Ireland who are the leading national service promoting positive mental health. This is the third year that the match for Jim Savage will be played, and the Trumera team will line out against a number of Jim’s friends.

The idea behind the day is to remember Jim, and also for his friends to get together and remember him in a positive way through the sport he loved. The event is also an opportunity to promote positive mental health for young people of this age group, through sport, as well as publicising the various mental health services that are available to everyone.

“There has been a strong connection between the Savage family and the Trumera club since day one. They have been hugely important in the club since the start. While we would all prefer for Jim to still be with us, it is good to remember him and raise money for a worthwhile charity. I commend the bravery of his sisters for organising this match for Jim,” added Liam O’Neill.

All proceeds from the match will be going towards the the Jigsaw project which is funded by Headstrong. These projects provide a drop in service to young people addressing a number of mental health issues, and they have nurses and counsellors on site.

After the match there will be celebrations in the Trumera Community Centre with food, drink and music starting from 6pm. All are welcome to come along.