On behalf of our club, and especially our junior players, I want to thank our organising committee : Susan Looby, Una Martin, Angelo Moore and John Comey.
They put together a great Irish Junior championship event – and John Comey – with his delightful attention to detail, brought the organisation of a junior chess tournament to new heights. We were very lucky to have Rory Delaney (Fide Arbiter) available to run the event for us and he did a great, calming job, and got us through.
The committee made plans but it was our family of volunteers that helped these come to fruition:
Publicity / Technology: John Comey, Maurice Grehan; Brendan Comey, Maurice Prendeville
Manolis (u19); Dermot (u19); James (u16); Randolf (u14) Raj (u14s); Gabor (u12s); Noel (u12s); Kevin (u10), Robbie (u10s) Maura (u8s) and Ruth (u8);
Front of house/diplomacy
Susan Looby, Una Martin, Richard Gallery; Des Martin; John Delaney; Fidelma Beirne, Finola Doyle, Angelo Moore.
Dave Fizsimons FM – Masterclass
Thanks to Luke Scott and Sean McLoughlin for their help before starting difficult games. Yvonne Platt and Conor Platt were great – a huge thanks to Conor and his mam, so much energy and hard work!
As a club, we were highly complimented by Joe Higgins TD; the Irish Chess Union (Pat Fitzsimons) and many many others.
Finally, our thanks to Susan and Una for a lovely speech at the closing ceremony. I have to add personally that I am very proud of what our club achieved!
The World Chess Federation (FIDE) motto is “Gens Una Sumus”. In Blanchardstown, it was indeed clear that we were indeed “all one family”!
We can now take a well deserved break!
John Delaney FM
(Secretary to Irish Junior Chess Championships 2015 – Organising committee)