In 2007 the Management of the Club decided to introduce a Hall of Fame in order that the Club could recognise members who have given very significant service to the Club on & off the field since its founding in 1967. It was considered that in the intervening period the efforts of quite a number of individuals deserved to be formally acknowledged & recorded for the present generation in the Club & indeed for future generations.
The first person inducted to the Club Hall of Fame was Christy Ginnerty.
Christy Ginnerty was a founder member of the Club in the summer of 1967 (he called the very first meeting that year & served on the Club’s Committee for many years until he retired in the late 1990’s. He held the Chair on a number of occasions. He returned to serve on the Management Committee for a short period in 2007.
He was one of the principle motivators in the Club in the early years when community support was not what it is today & largely thanks to his efforts, the foundations were laid for the fine community facility that is today’s club, with no less than twenty six teams (2007/8). His role in the development of the Club was most significant & he thoroughly deserves to be remembered for his contribution.
Christy is a native of Trim having grown up in the town & he spent his working life as a block layer. His family home was in Athboy Gate. He is married to Margaret & has two adult children – Sandra & Brian. But this pride & joy now are his two grandchildren Christopher & Jack. Christopher has already lined out for Christy’s beloved Celtic in the NECSL Sevens.
Christy’s skills were not confined to the Committee room – he also served as First Team manager for many years & indeed he served as Reserve Team Manager also at the same time for a period. Christy’s stewardship of the Club teams coincided with several of the most successful periods on the field for the Club in the seventies & he was instrumental in bringing many trophies to Trim in the days when the Club played in the Leinster Junior League. He was Manager of the first team in the Club to win a trophy in 1974. For fourteen years after the foundation of the Club until the early eighties, Celtic lined out at a number of venues around Trim & further before the move to Tully Park – these included the first pitch where Avondale is built; ‘McEvoy’s’ field behind the Boyne Community School; Dalgan Park near Navan (half season) & the ‘Polymark’ pitch in Crowpark. It was at these venues that Christy skills as Manager were to be seen for the first fifteen years.
Christy’s face has been a familiar one in Tully Park down the years. He was one of the early volunteers who converted the Club’s land (Tully Park) into the fine playing arena it is today; he was to be seen for many years marking & maintaining the pitches & directing teams there and he can still be seen from time to time on the sideline supporting his beloved Celts.
Christy is seen here receiving his Hall of Fame award from Club President John McEvoy at the Club’s 2007 Presentation Function in the Castle Arch Hotel.