O’Con­nor re­signs from Wan­der­ers

Wicklow 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.’

SEE SPORT FOR MORE I flew back from hol­i­days think­ing Michael O’Leary should prob­a­bly start weigh­ing pas­sen­gers in­stead of bag­gage. He’d make far more money. I packed on at least half a stone in the three weeks I was away. Can you imag­ine if ev­ery­one on the plane did the same? He’d make a bloody for­tune!

The kids have started call­ing me ‘squidgy’ with The Youngest pro­claim­ing that her favourite part of my body was my bingo wings, ‘be­cause they’re so soft and squishy!’

So af­ter 21 days of to­tal and ut­ter over in­dul­gence, there’s a seat with my name on it at my lo­cal Slim­ming World. Bring on the Muller Light. I can guar­an­tee I will last ap­prox­i­mately a week and lose 1lb. There is a pat­tern to this be­hav­iour. It’s called hav­ing no willpower.

On a pos­i­tive note we are still talk­ing to each other af­ter spend­ing three weeks, 24/7 in each other’s com­pany. There were no ma­jor rows al­though I did get slightly miffed when the 15-year-old start­ing count­ing my gin and tonic con­sump­tion. You’d think he’d know an adult’s al­co­hol in­take is al­lowed be end­less on hol­i­days.

He on the other hand de­cided three weeks was way too long to be spend­ing with one’s par­ents and maybe next year he might just come for one week. His pa­tience wore ex­tremely thin when my­self and Him­self failed to grasp the con­cept of

Snapchat streaks, (can any­one en­lighten me?) and he re­fused to post what I con­sid­ered a de­cent photo.

‘Why are you tak­ing pic­tures of the cor­ner of your head and the floor?’

I asked him. He ex­plained it was a streak and when

I asked him what the pur­pose of it was he in­formed me it was to snap some­one ev­ery­day for as many days as you can.

‘Why would you send some­one a pic­ture of one of your eyes though? Why not send them a nice photo of you. Or bet­ter still take one of me!!’ I was never one to shy away from the cam­era.

He looked at me in hor­ror, shrugged his shoul­ders and went back to his phone, tap­ping away and ig­nor­ing us.

That’s when I knew we’d lost him! This was more than likely our last fam­ily hol­i­day to­gether. The truth of the mat­ter is we sort of bore him and no mat­ter how hard we try to en­ter­tain him or make him laugh, he’d much rather spend time with his friends.

It’s a hard pill to swal­low, know­ing your own child no longer finds you witty and fas­ci­nat­ing. I’m not sure he ever did but it was a hell of a lot eas­ier to im­press him when he was seven. There’ll be no more trips to the Aqua Park, no more games of cards on the bal­cony at night, no more Lucky Lucky men call­ing him Del Boy while he tries to stop me buy­ing fake hand­bags. Next year he says he might stay at home with our friends and hang out with the gang.

Still, at least he won’t be there to count my gin and ton­ics. Ev­ery cloud!

IT’S A HARD PILL TO SWAL­LOW, KNOW­ING YOUR OWN CHILD NO LONGER FINDS YOU FAS­CI­NAT­ING, THOUGH I’M NOT SURE HE EVER DID

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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