By Dan Walsh
A sporting link going back half a century is recognised as Castlebridge publican Barney Murphy is honoured for his professional development and supervision of the bar facilities at Wexford Racecourse. Mary Doyle, Chairperson of Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club made a presentation to Mr Murphy for his long service and thanked him for support.
Mr Murphy paid tribute to the gentlemen, and ladies, of Wexford Racecourse Supporter’s Club and he recalled many names, but there was a strong note of sadness; “There are faces missing here tonight and it is sad that so many are missing,” he said.
“The committee that formed Wexford Racecourse Supporter’s Club made so much difference to Wexford racecourse and I hope they appreciate the numbers you brought to every race meeting,” said Mr Murphy, who added; “Remember the pressure put on Ivan Yates and Brendan Howlin when building the stands; the money put into changing the running direction of the races; and I very much hope Wexford racecourse realise the importance of the Wexford Racecourse Supporters’ Club.”
Mr Murphy thanked everybody for their support for him, which he said was “very much appreciated” and he concluded; “I will miss all of you but I will come to the races and be delighted to see all those faces once more.”
Making the presentation, Mary Doyle, said as a fellow Castlebridge person, she was honoured to make the presentation on behalf of the Club and wished him well in the future.
Mr Murphy’s daughter, Sandra Murphy, accompanied him to the presentation in the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy and her support was rewarded with a beautiful bunch of flowers.