O’Con­nor re­signs from Wan­der­ers

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

DE­NIS O’CON­NOR has re­signed as chair­man and di­rec­tor of Bray Wan­der­ers, af­ter three years at the helm and amid a fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

He also re­signed as a di­rec­tor of Mil­way Dawn Lim­ited, a body which held shares in Bray Wan­der­ers.

The in­vestor who re­cently pulled fund­ing, Gerry Mul­vey, an­nounced that he will step in as in­terim chair­man.

‘My in­volve­ment with the club has been driven by a de­sire to re­solve legacy is­sues and get the se­nior squad in the top half of the League Ta­ble which can only be achieved by putting the nec­es­sary sup­port struc­tures in place,’ said Mr O’Con­nor in a state­ment last week.

‘My de­ci­sion is driven by per­sonal rea­sons. That is all for an­other day.’

He thanked his fel­low di­rec­tors, of­fi­cers in the club, ‘and the ex­tremely hard work­ing and loyal peo­ple who give of their time freely – all with the in­ter­est of the club at heart. He men­tioned the man­ager of the se­nior team.

‘It would be re­miss not to re­fer to Harry Kenny – a true gentle­man in ev­ery sense of the word. Some­one with whom I de­vel­oped a very close friend­ship – we talked or met nearly ev­ery day. More im­por­tantly he brought a busi­ness sense to the role of head coach as well as a foot­ball knowl­edge and I will for­ever re­gard him as a true friend.

‘Fi­nally I wish all the teams and coaches the best of luck for the re­main­der of the sea­son and it goes with­out say­ing I will al­ways be avail­able to help the club when fea­si­ble and where pos­si­ble if asked.’

He thanked the me­dia for fair and bal­anced re­port­ing, and said ‘ to the true fans - keep up the good work and sup­port your club at the stiles.’

In a state­ment re­leased by Gerry Mul­vey, he said ‘we thank De­nis for the im­mense work and ef­fort he has put into the club over the past three years. In 2014 the club was close to ex­tinc­tion and would have col­lapsed with­out his in­ter­ven­tion. He gave 100 per cent ded­i­ca­tion to save it and for the past three sea­sons he has given up a tremen­dous amount of time and en­ergy for the good of the club and foot­ball.

‘Peo­ple have no idea of the amount of per­sonal and fam­ily time, ef­fort and re­sources De­nis put in for the ben­e­fit of the club, for which the club is and should be grate­ful.’

Fouga Air­craft make a tri­colour pic­tured at Bray Air Dis­play.

De­nis O’Con­nor has stepped down from the chair­per­son’s role for ‘per­sonal rea­sons’.

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