#FOYNES – LAST Friday evening the first 'kick-start' to the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the founding of Foynes Yacht Club was held writes the Club's Gerry Ryan.
A mass was concelebrated for deceased members, and present members by Cannon O'Keeffe and Fr. Noonan of Foynes Parish.
A magnificent turnout of members both old and young made this occasion a special one. The commodore, Tom Murray before the mass gave an introductory talk on the significance of the yacht club, and what the members down through the years have made it what it is today. He also spoke about the special significance that the club is held with members and the public alike.
In his homily, Cannon O'Keeffe said the mass was a great way to celebrate a truly remarkable club. He particularly thanked the committee in welcoming him and Fr. Noonan for what was a very proud day in the history of the club.
The mass was sung by St. Seanan's choir, where magificent harmonies could be heard in the ecclestical singing during the mass. The choir was accompanied by Bryan Meehan on keyboard.
After the mass a photographic exhibition detailing the club in black and white and colour photographs from 1962 and to the present outlined some fine craft on the Shannon estuary.
Refreshments were served by members of the social committee, Patricia McCormack, Emer Kirwan, Patricia Lowes, Niamh Finucane and Cora Windle.
On Saturday last a workday was organised where a great turnout of members did various tasks to ensure the clubhouse and the environs would be looking trim and prestein for the new sailing season.
The full calendar of events is up on the club website for the season, where extra activities are added for our golden jubilee year.