I am delighted to be asked to make a contribution to the new LTC website on the occasion of our fiftieth birthday.
In the early 1980s, shortly after we moved into Laurleen, a near neighbour mentioned that there was a tennis club around the corner and would we be interested in taking out family membership? Although the club had been up and running for over ten years, and we knew that a hardcore of founder members was strongly against admitting anyone who didn’t have a ‘Leopardstown’ address, our applications were successful and we have no regrets. In fact, Orlaith and I have enjoyed many long and happy years of social and competitive tennis, friendships formed and friendships retained.
I have always referred to the debt of gratitude we owe to our founder members who, from very lowly beginnings, set up this now very highly-respected and successful tennis club, fifty years ago this year.
By the mid 1980s a new generation of club and committee members was beginning to emerge replacing the trailblazing pioneers of 1971. Names of those that spring to mind that helped shape and bring new direction to the club include Sean O’Farrell, Denis Ryan, Kevin O’Carroll (RIP), Padraig O’Siochru (RIP), Brian Lenahan, Pat Glennon, Walter Schilling (RIP), Michael McLoughlin (RIP), Michael Foley (RIP), Dermot Murphy (RIP), Vincent McCarthy (RIP), John and Colm Holmes, Richard Clear, David Ceannt, Paul Kilcullen, John O’Dwyer, Una O’Siochru (RIP), Theresa Schilling, Breda Byrne, Desna Campbell, Jackie Curtin, Carol Kelly, Jennifer Blake, Mary Brennan (RIP), Eithne Murphy, Iris Roberts, Oonagh Ennis and Deirdre Hayden.
Dublin County Council was very good to us with regard to practical help and advice. In particular, Michael Lynch was always open to suggestions that promoted sport, well-being and education when and where it benefitted the local community, with one non-negotiable exception. Any mention of ground ownership was off the agenda! Ach sin sceal eile.
I wish George and Brian, the present committee and all club members, every success with the new web-site, plus lots and lots of covid-free health and tennis for the next fifty years.
– Gerard Cagney