A POPULAR and long-serving member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club has been honoured by his fellow members by being elected to the prestigious position of club president.
Thomas Junior Finnegan has succeeded Marguerita Mulcahy at the helm at the busy club.
A native of Gort, Co Galway, Junior moved to Killarney in the 1980s and he is a devoted family man. He and his wife, Mary, have three children and two grandchildren and they keep him very busy when he is not out on the golf course or on the rugby sidelines..
The outgoing president, congratulating her successor, said Junior is passionate about golf and rugby and, in fact, he has also served as president of Killarney Rugby Football Club and he was the first chief coach when the club was reformed in 1983.
“Junior is both a gentleman and a sportsman, a man of many talents,” Marguerita said.
He joined the club committee in 19092 and was elected captain of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in 1999 and Junior was at the helm when the third course at Lackabane opened.
“Junior has managed teams and played on many teams for our club and he is a wonderful supporter who will be a fantastic ambassador for our club,” Marguerita added.
Quick witted with a great turn of phrase, away from golf, Junior is also well known in business and tourism circles and he was invited to be grand marshal at the 2005 St Patrick’s Day parade in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State capital with which Killarney has a close bond.
Accepting the honour of the presidency, Junior said when he became captain of the club in 1999 he didn’t think it could get any better and becoming president wasn’t on his radar.
“I am very pleased and it’s a great honour,” he said.
“I am delighted and thrilled to be appointed and I am looking forward to working with the captains, council, and members to further progress Killarney Golf and Fishing Club,” Junior added.