Huge crowds come out in force to honour Faythe Harriers stalwarts
TWO former stalwarts of the Faythe Harriers hurling and camogie club have had their memories honoured through the unveiling of a hurling and arena and alley in Pairc Charman.
Over 400 players, ex-players family members and friends turned out on Saturday evening for the official opening of the Pat Murphy Sports Arena and the Liam Bennett Hurling Alley.
Pat Murphy was the sitting chairman of the Faythe Harriers when he died after a short illness in 2006, only a few short weeks after the tragic death of one of the clubs all-time greats, Liam Bennett.
With the continued development of the club facilities at Pairc Charman, the club committee decided to honour their two most favourite sons.
The club recently developed a state of the art all-weather floodlit playing arena which they decided to name in memory of Pat Murphy, who served as either club Chairman or Secretary for over 40 years.
A the opposite end of their grounds they have also just developed floodlit hurling alleys , and named it after Liam Bennett, who was a member of the last Wexford minor hurling team to win an All Ireland title back in 1968 before going on to play in two senior All Ireland finals for Wexford, losing narrowly to Cork in 1976 and 1977.
Among those in attendance at the official opening were Mayor Joe Ryan; Leinster Council Chairman, Seamus Howlin; Wexford County Chairman, Ger Doyle; secretary, Margaret Doyle as well as former Harriers stalwarts and players like Ned Wheeler, Larry O'Gorman, Heffo Walsh, Dr. Bart Curtis, Con Dowdall, Tony 'Sack' Walsh, Marty O'Connor, Packie Hayden, Timmy Scallen, Willie Murphy, Seamus Cullimore and Liam Turner.
On behalf of the Bennet family, Liam's son John spoke of the honour and pride of his family in having his father's name memorised by the club. He said that he and his sisters, as well as Liam's siblings and the rest of the family were delighted that his name was being remembered by the club
Eileen Murphy, Pat's widow, then planted a tree in his honour close to the pitch assisted by County Chairman, Ger Doyle, Club Development Committee chairman, John Savage and Pat's granddaughters Laura Murphy, Louise Wilde and Izzy Wilde.
William Murphy, Pat's son, spoke of his family's pride and appreciation at the fact that his father's memory was being honoured. He said that his father wouldn't have wanted any fuss, but would have been proud to see the hundreds of underage members using the facility.
A plaque was unveiled by Seamus Howlin, assisted by Pat's brothers, Kevin and Dick Murphy and his grandsons Dean Walsh, Josh Walsh and Shane Wilde.
The celebrations continued long into the evening and early morning with a barbeque and bar in a special marquee erected by the club for the occasion.