Cordal Stand Memorial to Honour the late Tom Wrenn

Tom Wrenn Memorial Stand / Gerard O'Connor 23-6-2017
Gerard O’Connor, O’Connor Memorials with the plaque which dedicates the stand at Cordal GAA Club grounds to the memory of the late Tom Wrenn. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Kerry County Board chairman and Brosna native, Tim Murphy will unveil a memorial plaque at Cordal GAA Club grounds on this Saturday evening June 24th at 7:45pm.

The unveiling of the plaque will dedicate the stand there as The Tom Wrenn Memorial Stand forever more

The ceremony will take place after the Cordal v Knocknagoshel county league game which is due to start at 6pm.

Refereeing Duties

The plaque, of black Indian granite and the work of O’Connor Memorials, Castleisland, features a photograph of the late Mr. Wrenn taken by club photographer, Nora Fealey in 2014 after Tom announced his retirement from countywide refereeing duties.

Cordal GAA Club Grounds Re-opens. 7-6-2015
Cordal GAA Club assistant secretary, the late Jimmy Roche (left) making a presentation to Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael and his wife Frances in the presence of club chairman, the late Tom Wrenn at the reopening ceremony in June 2015. ©Photograph: John Reidy 7-6-2015.

The late Tom Wrenn died in March 2016 and his loss to family, friends and club and community is still felt – and evidently remembered.

If you ever needed to epitomise or personify the oft used phrase A Community Man – then, Tom Wrenn fitted every imaginable category of that broad sweep.

Every baptised child, every holy communion, confirmation, wedding – Tom was there as parish clerk at all the important points in the circle of life of so many people.

Honouring and Remembering

With this evening’s unveiling, Cordal GAA Club members are honouring and remembering their chairman, inspirational leader, referee, worker and East Kerry Board servant. Tom was also honoured by the East Kerry Board shortly before his untimely death.

His really proud moment came in the midst of his own community, on his own GAA field in Cordal. This was on the occasion in June 2015 of the visit of Uachtaráin Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghail to re-open the pitch after an exhausting and intensive fundraising campaign and a programme of drainage and resurfacing work.

Career as a Mechanic

Long and loyal service was a hallmark of Tom Wrenn’s life and that extended to his career as a mechanic.

As boy and man he worked with Ahern’s Garage for over 45 years. Ahern’s director, Pat Ahern paid tribute to Tom on hearing the news of his death.

“Tom was one of the main men in the Ahern’s set up. He has been here a lot longer that most of us and he’s known throughout the county and beyond by people who have had vehicles tested here over the years. He’s a huge loss to us and another link with the origins of the firm lost, God rest him,” said Mr. Ahern.

It is appropriate then that Ahern’s are associated with the memorial plaque being unveiled this evening.

There was a lot more written about the late Tom Wrenn at the time of his death and, no doubt, stories of the boundless dedication and energy he put into his local GAA club will be remembered with the opening of The Tom Wrenn Memorial Stand in Cordal this evening.

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