The club was overjoyed at the result from College Park last Saturday, April 15th, where a losing bonus point was sufficient to keep us in the first Division of the AIL. That joy was greatly dampened by the sad news that, earlier in the day, our former President Tommy Bermingham had passed away after a short illness.
Tommy was one of those club members who had given a lifetime’s service to the club. An excellent hooker, he first played for the club in the 1959/60 season and rapidly found promotion to the Second XV. He was unfortunate to have his way to the First XV blocked by Paddy Mayne, who was an exceptionally durable hooker and it was ten years before Tommy could take his place on the senior team. He then played for three or four years on the First XV, playing in a memorable, though losing, cup final against UCD, whose side included our own Dr. Michael Smyth. He went on to represent Leinster before eventually handing over his club position to a younger hooker, our current president, Paddy O’Reilly. He then won a Junior League medal on the 1972 side and a Winter’s cup medal on the 1979 team, almost twenty years after he had first joined the club.
When he got the call to assist the club with his financial expertise, he wasn’t found wanting. He took the onerous office of Club Treasurer for four years and was superb in that role. He was a strong Treasurer, never allowing the club to spend money it didn’t have and always cognisant of the fact that he was not going to leave a problem for his successor. He was elected President in 2002/03 and represented his club with great pride in that office which he had earned. In later years he was a regular at all AIL games and was an enthusiastic contributor to the post match discussions which went on over the weekends. He was an extremely popular member who regarded the service he rendered to the club as being less than the enjoyment he got out of it.
Tommy’s father had played for Ireland, playing out of Lansdowne FC. His younger brother George, who won two Winter’s Cup medals in 1969 and 1970, passed away a few years ago.