Sean Kelly MEP and former President of the GAA is pictured unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the De La Salle GAA grounds at Gracedieu on Saturday. Also included are Jerry O’Sullivan, Munster GAA Chairman, Paddy Joe Ryan, Waterford GAA Chairman, Sean Reinhardt, Mayor of the Waterford Metropolitan Districkt, Michael Wadding, Eastern Board Chairman and members of De La Salle GAA club and the De La Salle brothers. Photo: John O’Neill.
The official opening of our Gracedieu facilities took place last Saturday with a large crowd of players, ex players, members, supporters and their families present. Guests in attendance included former President of the GAA Sean Kelly MEP who performed the opening ceremony, Jerry O’Sullivan the chairman of the Munster Council, Paddy Joe Ryan chairman of the county board, Michael Wadding chairman of the Eastern board and Sean Reinhardt Mayor of the Metropolitan District. Br. Stephen, Br. Damian, Br. Killian, Br. Frank and Br. Tom represented the De La Salle order with Br. Stephen performing the opening of the Br. Anselm room.
Also in attendance was City & County manager Michael Walsh along with past and present councilors who all helped to bring the project to fruition. In his speech chairman Seamus Quirke outlined how the project developed from the start to the present day. We extend our thanks to everyone who attended on the day and to Eamonn Fitzgerald and his committee including MC Ricky Grogan for their organisational efforts. Finally a word for the original committee of Joey Carton, Tom O’Leary, Dermot Carey and Liam Flynn who drove the project.