Friends old and new gathered on Friday last to celebrate the launch of Cove Sailings Club’s 100 year anniversary program and centenary edition yearbook in the majestic setting of the Sirius Arts centre. The west gallery was packed to capacity.
Taking pride of place before entering was Eithne Twomey’s “T” Class boat “Cliodna” originally built in 1947 and spectacularly restored to her former glory. Eithne’s brother Eamonn Twomey gave a very informative history on the class and the boat. We look forward to seeing “Cliodna” turning heads on the water this year.
The main stage was flanked by a selection of trophies some dating back to 1919 the year the club was formed.
Anne Noonan opened the formal part of the evening and kept proceedings flowing over the evening.
Cove Sailing Club’s Kieran Dorgan spoke about the upcoming year and all the events planned to celebrate the huge achievement. Kieran also spoke about the opportunities for new members to get out on the water and enjoy the benefits sailing has to offer.
We were delighted to have Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton T.D. present who spoke very freely about the magnificent harbour and all it has to offer including the fantastic opportunities that lie within Cork Harbour and especially Cobh; Minister Stanton spoke of the need to get young children involved in active sports. He commended Cove Sailing club on all the hard work that he had seen over the past year and reiterated his support for the marina in Whitepoint.
Cllrs. Sinead Shepard & Cathal Rasmussen took time out of their busy election campaigns to support the evening and both spoke of the support form Cork County Council in relation to the Club and Marina project.
Dominic Losty spoke of the vast history of the club, its people and their boats. He appealed to all to keep submitting photos, personnel stories and adventures for all to enjoy.
Damien Ahern updated the room on the marina project and spoke passionately about the new marina and the many steps the Club have taken to see this amazing amenity for the people of Cobh and Cork Harbour come to fruition.
As night fell members chatted long into the night and the chorus of laughter created a great atmosphere.
The busy sailing season is now upon us and we look forward to catching up and receiving your old photos and memories through out the year at our various events .
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