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The death has occurred of Joe Finnegan

Joe, known to everyone as one of the sport’s gentlemen, died yesterday after suffering a stroke recently. He had a long involvement in table tennis in various roles serving the Bray & District League on the Leinster Branch for many years. His commitment to the running of the large Bray Open event every season was a significant contribution to the sport. In later years he was appointed as a Vice President of the Irish Association.

Joe umpired at the World Veterans Championships in Dublin in the 1991/2 season and later at Special Olympics events in Ireland. He qualified as an International Umpire and travelled to officiate at a number of international open events outside Ireland with his friend, the late Kiron Choudhury. He was Chairman of the former Leinster Umpires Association and played a major role with his friend, Kiron in the establishment of the its successor, the Irish Umpires Association.

In 2009 Joe’s long service and administration in the sport was formally recognised by the Irish Association when he was awarded the highest accolade in Irish table tennis, the Joe Veselsky Award.

The Association expresses its deepest sympathy to his wife Dorothy and family.  His funeral will take place privately on next Monday at 10.30am in “The Vevay”, Queen of the Peace Church, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

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Ken Strong receives a Volunteer in Sport Award

Pictured are Mary O’Connor (CEO Federation of Irish Sport), Ken Strong and Richie Gernon(EBS). The Volunteer in Sport Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 in Farmleigh House in Dublin. At the ceremony, Ken Strong was announced as the overall winner of the Volunteer in Sport Award for Co. Tyrone respresenting the sport of table tennis. Ken has been involved in many capacities in Irish Table Tennis for 50 years, from Chairman of Tyrone Table Tennis to National Senior Men’s coach at World, European and Six Nations Championships. He has served as Chairperson, Secretary and International Director on the Board of Table Tennis Ireland, as well as on the management committee, followed recently by 4 years as President. His longevity, dedication, personal sacrifice and professional contribution continues to this day. The Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards recognise the contribution of the 450,000 people who ensure sport in Ireland happens each week. It is estimated that 37.2 million hours of volunteering, across Ireland’s 14,000+ sports clubs and associations, occurs each year.