Official Opening
Sunday, 27 March 2011 20:55
The official opening of our restored Clubhouse took place on Saturday June 11th.
In this pretty dismal summer, we were blessed with the weather.   It was a "pet" June day.   The sun was shining and although the temperature was a little less than normal for June were we happy - yes we were!     The flags were flying, the light blue bunting fluttering and by 11.00am we were ready for all comers.   The ladies of the club under the direction of Catherine Barry had prepared a superb offering of savouries, sandwiches and baking supported by copious quanties of tea and coffee and the best (well nearly) of red and white wine.    The boys of the committee were in blazers and the juniors were marshalling the car park and guarding the places reserved for the distinguished guests.    They soon arrived lead by Bishop John Buckley shortly followed by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Deputy Lord Mayor, Tony Dooley President of the IARU and last, but certainly not least, Minister Simon Coveney TD.     
In the meantime Marcus Connaughton of Seascapes on Radio One was busy interviewing club members old and young. Saorise Horgan told him of her hero worship of Sean Casey our Olympian coach while Tom Rose our President, told him how he had nurtured and mentored a young Rory Gallagher in the Shandon gigs of the 1960s.   The transmission of the 24th June should be interesting!
When it came to the speeches, The Deputy Lord Mayor gave an excellently researched and thought provoking presentation reflecting on the place of clubs like Shandon in the wider community both currently and historically.    Minister Simon Coveney's touch was light, humourous, knowledgable, supportive and very much that of  "one of our one" - both as a Corconian and a sharer of a passion for all things nautical.    Bishop John Buckley was his usual personable, affable self and imparted a most suitable blessing on the endeavours of the club and its members.   Final our President, Tom rose (ok bad pun!) magnificently to the occasion and all present felt and understood the emotion he expressed resutling from 50 years of passionate involvement with the club and of experiencing all its the lows and highs over that half century.

After the Minister had performed the official opening all present tucked into the magnificent spread laid out by the lady members and enjoyed the view from the balcony of the junior members of the club as they took the opportunity to benefit from the "exam weather" and get in some on-the-water practice.