Tipperary GAA returns to London to host another Corporate Lunch Fundraiser

2014 Tipperary GAA London Corporate Lunch guests: Pictured from left co-ordinator Brian Acheson, Sean Nugent, Eamon Buckley and Nicky English.

2014 Tipperary GAA London Corporate Lunch guests: Pictured from left co-ordinator Brian Acheson, Sean Nugent, Eamon Buckley and Nicky English.

London’s West End will once again be the location for a Tipperary GAA fund-raising Team Tipperary Corporate Lunch on Friday afternoon 29 May. And after the outstanding success of last year’s inaugural event in aid of the ambitious development of the Thurles-based Dr. Morris Park Centre of Excellence, the Intercontinental Hotel will once again welcome over three hundred diners for what should prove to be another most enjoyable and entertaining occasion.

In keeping with any winning team combination, it is not surprising to hear that the same ‘players’ have been deployed to provide an ‘action-replay’of last year’s memorable and very successful fund-raising event.

Clonmel man Brian Acheson will therefore once again co-ordinate the organisation of the function supported by his staff colleagues at the very plush hotel off Park Lane in Hamilton Place and within close proximity of Hyde Park Corner.

Brian will also be assisted by a number of other staunch Tipperary Gaels on the organising committee including Kevin Leahy (St. Mary’s, Clonmel), Paddy Shanahan (Upperchurch), Phil Cusack (Carrick-on-Suir and a London Irish RFC co-sponsor), Bill Hayes (Donaskeigh) and Laurence Kennedy (Killoscully). That committee is also expected to be joined by a number of other co-opted members in the coming weeks.

Tipperary's Declan Browne in his heyday

2015 special guest: Former Tipperary footballer Declan Browne will be a guest at this year’s Tipperary GAA Corporate Lunch in London on 29 May in the Intercontinental Hotel.



Auction of rare Tipperary GAA memorabilia

So far the special guests set to travel to London include Tipperary GAA legends – Mullinahone All-Star hurler Eoin Kelly and Moyle Rovers All-Star footballer Declan Browne who will be accompanied by Tipperary hurling manager elect and current assistant manager Mick Ryan from Upperchurch.

But it is quite likely that a few more late ‘surprise’ guests may also make an appearance including a member or members of the amazing history-making Tipperary U21 football team.

Among the Tipperary GAA officers travelling will be county chairman Michael Bourke, secretary Tim Floyd and treasurer Eamon Buckley.

The successful formula and format of last year’s enjoyable afternoon is also being retained with a reception from 12.30 until the scheduled conclusion at 4.00 pm. In between Today FM broadcaster Paul Collins will also be back on MC duties co-ordinating the afternoon.

The London-born Annacarty native was one of the star performers from last year’s event and will begin the afternoon by inviting Tipperary GAA Chairman Michael Bourke to address the diners before lunch followed by the entertainment of the afternoon including a Q & A Forum.

There will also be a video presentation for the diners with a full update on the progress of the Tipperary GAA Centre of Excellence at Dr. Morris Park.

Situated in the back-drop of Semple Stadium the new facility anticipated to cost up to 1.5 million will include state-of-the-art training facilities including a gymnasium, covered stand, physio and medical rooms, fully fitted kitchen, dining room and eight new dressing rooms.

The afternoon concludes with an fund-raising auction of GAA memorabilia including a DVD featuring interviews with Jimmy and John Doyle, Tony Reddin and Jimmy Butler Coffey and last but not least Eoin Kelly’s autographed jersey that he wore on his last appearance for Tipperary.

According to organiser Brian Acheson news of the fundraiser has already attracted considerable interest for the Bank Holiday weekend event and a number of the tables have already been snapped up.

A brochure has also been produced by Team Tipperary and table (@ £1,600 or place (@£200) reservations may be made as soon as possible to the Tipperary GAA Office at Lar na Pairce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Tel: 00353 (0)504 22702, Fax: 00353 (0)504 24333 or email: secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie.