Davin Park Committee

Davin Park Committee 

The annual general meeting of the Davin Park committee was held in the Carrick Swan clubrooms on January 14th. The Chairman Pat Walsh reviewed the progress made in the park during the year. He referred to the completion of the nets behind the goals, purchase of ride on mower, removal of litter and cleaning of the banks all of which was funded by the two clubs namely Carrick Davins and Carrick Swan. Much discussion took place about the ongoing resurfacing project in the parking area between the road and the wall which is being completed with help from the Urban District Council for which the committee is very grateful. At present a scoreboard is being constructed which will be erected soon. This is being sponsored by Super Valu which we appreciated very much. A special word of thanks was expressed to Jim Hawkins and his FAS team for their great work in cutting the grass, lining the field and all the odd jobs to keep the park in good condition. We would appeal to all visitors to the ground to respect it and not leave litter behind or damage the property in any way.

Pat Walsh was re-elected chairman and Dick Lanigan was elected secretary/treasurer.

Ownership of the Davin Park was entrusted to the Davin Memorial Park Company Ltd 1930 in honour of the late Maurice Davin, first president of the Gaelic Athletic Association and of course a native of Deerpark, Carrick-on-Suir. The primary object for which the company was established was the promotion of athletics or amateur games in conformity with the rules of the GAA. Its first directors were Richard Cleary, hardware, William Morrissey, draper, Richard Walsh Deerpark farmer, Thomas F.Kiely Ballyneale, Richard Dalton, auctioneer, Denis O’Driscoll West Gate merchant, John J.Higgins Carrick-Beg publican, James McCormack Main Street grocery manager and Jeremiah Shelly Grangemockler and New Street. 

Over the years the company became defunct and as a result the present committee over the last 10 years had to go through a long protracted legal procedure culminating with a petition to the High Court to have the company restored. Thanks to the efforts of John Ryan, Holycross, most of the costs for this were paid for by the Munster Council of the GAA. The next and final step was to have the property vested in the GAA trustees, consisting of three members from the Carrick Davin Club namely Alan Faulkner, Michael Bowe and Paddy Walsh and three members from the Carrick Swan club, Sean O’Shea, Noel Russell and Dick Lanigan together with Patrick Fitzgerald representing the Munster Council and Tim Floyd representing the Tipperary County Board.