Thurles Town Council afforded a joint Civic Reception to Peake Villa Football Club and showjumper Greg Broderick of Ballypatrick Stables in the Source Arts Centre on Wednesday night last week.
Mayor Michael Grogan congratulated both parties for their fantastic achievements during the year in two very different disciplines.
“A Civic Reception is not handed out easily,” said Cllr Grogan. “It takes a huge amount of commitment and dedication to achieve what you have done. This was a unanimous decision to recognise both Peake Villa and Greg Broderick.”
Peake Villa FC was founded in the townland of Peake near Boherlahan in 1967, with the players initially donning the Kilkenny colours. The club moved to Thurles in 1971, playing in Loughtagalla Park. The club entered teams in the Tipperary, Kilkenny, Tipp Youths, Munster Youths, and FAI Youth Leagues. The club members have always worked well together, said Mayor Grogan. The club began to develop its playing fields in 1999, before building a club house and changing rooms in 2003. The rooms were built by a former player, the late Danny O’Keeffe, who was remembered fondly on the night. In 2009, the club developed its state-of-the-art all weather pitch at a cost of over J430,000. “That was a serious achievement,” said the Mayor.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.