A DEDICATED volunteer with Killarney Athletic FC has been honoured by the club for the enormous contribution she has made down through the years.
Lorraine Fleming was presented with the Monica Harrington Memorial Award by club founder, Don Harrington, in recognition of her wonderful service in a variety of roles.
Don, who lives in Huddersfield, travelled to Killarney with his sister, Esther, to make the presentation in memory of his late wife, Monica, who passed away three years ago. Monica’s niece, Mairead, and husband, Michael, also made the journey from Cork for the occasion.
Don, a former garda in Killarney, said he was delighted to present the cup to Lorraine who was a very worthy recipient and she now joins a very distinguished group of three other ladies who previously received the award for their dedication and commitment.
Lorraine’s involvement with the club sees her following in the footsteps of her father, Toni Fleming, formerly of Dalton’s Avenue and now living in Ardshanavooley, who was a top goalscorer with the club in the 1970s and 80s. He also served as chairman and secretary of Athletic and he still oversees the maintenance of the facilities in Woodlawn.
Lorraine has also served on the club executive and has played a key part in the running of the annual seven-a-side tournament as well as helping out with other fundraising and social events. She is always ably assisted by her mother. Phil.
Don Harrington also took the opportunity to congratulate the club on the development of the newly opened all-weather training facility.
“Killarney Athletic has come a long way since it was formed back in 1965 when we would gather together in the High Street car park or the old sandpit for a kick around and, of course in the Half Moon field where the club played its home matches for many years,” he said.
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