Ballymurn Celtic A.F.C.
Ballymurn Celtic was formed on Tuesday the 6th of November 2007 and was affiliated to the Wexford Football League the following July 2008. The first meeting took place in the Anvil lounge at 8.30pm and the following people attended the meeting: Vincent Quirke, Brian O Connor, Dara Prendergast, Daithi Redmond, Michael A Doyle, Kevin Sludds, Richard Murphy, Paul Walsh, T.J Parle, Brendan O Leary, Mark Dempsey, Kenneth Murphy, Stephen Redmond, Paul Larrissy. A temporary committee was formed at that meeting: Chairperson: Vincent Quirke, Secretary: Daithi Redmond, Treasurer: Paul Larrissy, Committee: Brian O Connor, Dara Prendergast, Stephen Redmond, Brendan O Leary.
The first fund raising was done on the 15th of March 2008 in our local public house the Anvil lounge where we held a a very successful cabaret and raised enough funds to apply to the Wexford Football League. Now what had started out as a bit of banter between ex St. Peters players was about to become a reality and the club was officially formed at the A.G.M on Monday the 21st of July 2008. The first set of jerseys was sponsored by Brain O Connor “Car Sales” and Sean Murphy “Carpets”.
Ballymurn Celtic A.F.C. A.G.M
Monday night 21st of July 2008 @ Anvil lounge @ 8pm.
The following people attended the first A.G.M. Vincent Quirke, Dara Prendergast, Brian O Connor, Arthur Fiddler, Stephen Redmond, Paul Larrissy, Padraic Prendergast, Richard Murphy, Kenneth Murphy,T.J Parle, Joe Breen jnr, Daithi Redmond, Colm Jackman, Eoghan Kehoe, Michael Cummins. The following committee was formed.
Chairperson: Brian O Connor, Secretary: Vincent Quirke, Treasurer: Dara Prendergast, President: Arthur Fiddler, Committee : Richard Murphy, Kenneth Murphy, Michael Cummins, T.J Parle.
The first manager elected was Vincent Quirke and the manager picked his own selectors the were Timmy Cosgrave and Arthur Fiddler.
Through out the summer of 2008 more fund raising was done. The club ran a Euro 2008 predictions draw which was very successful and was enjoyed by all who took part.
The Chapel Field
To start the soccer club we had to search for a football ground which was no easy task. The ground was founded when Brian O Connor, Vincent Quirke, Stephen Redmond met with C.J Murphy who kindly sponsored the field to Ballymurn Celtic. The field was just muck and stubble but our hard working chairman Brian O Connor the “Hob” deserves a lot of credit as it was his drive and gift of talking!! that got us our theatre of dreams that is the Chapel Field. Aidan Kehoe kindly sponsored his services of sowing the field. Stephen Cullen and “Fletcher” O Connor ploughed the field. Aidan Kehoe also sponsored the first dressing room and the second one was bought from William O Connor which is now our store with the Credit Union sponsoring the home dressing room. Stephen Redmond sponsored the first pitch marker and Seamus Prendergast sponsoring nets, footballs and corner flags. Hentech and John Hennessy made and sponsored the goal posts and so the chapel field was home to Ballymurn Celtic. The following season our lawnmower was purchased in Cork by Brian O Connor and Michael “Burger” Cummins. Our pitch was first maintained by Peter O Brien. Timmy Cosgrave became our great caretaker who kept our field in great condition for a number of years those of us from Ballymurn Celtic will be always grateful. Our latest and current caretaker is Paul Larrissy who again is doing a great job.