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SPEECH BY CLLR. MARY JACKMAN AT JUNIOR AND CADET 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY IN U.L. ON MARCH 13 2011

On behalf of the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council and the people of County Limerick I would like to congratulate the organisers and participants of the Junior and Cadet 6 Nations Championships.

I am delighted to see competitors, officials and supporters from all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, gather in Limerick this weekend.

Over the last two days we have been treated to a very enjoyable and memorable Championship.

The people of Limerick are very proud of the state-of-the-art facilities that we possess here in UL, and your decision to host these Championships here has once again helped raise the profile of the campus and the County as a host venue for such prestigious events.

I would like to congratulate the Irish Table Tennis Association (ITTA) for its management and overall development of all areas of the sport, throughout the island.

The organisation, which boasts a strong volunteer ethos, continues to grow from strength to strength and the evidence from this weekend suggests that it is continuing to prosper and contribute in no small way to the rising popularity of the sport in Ireland.

I also wish to thank the Association and its many committed members for choosing the University of Limerick (UL) as the host venue for this event, less than a year after the hugely successful Senior Schools International Table Tennis Championship took place on Shannonside.

Finally, it is important that we not only award those who have excelled in their respective categories this weekend but also acknowledge the efforts of all competitors who have travelled from near and far to take part in this year’s Championships.

I hope to see you all back in County Limerick very soon.

Go raibh maith agaibh”.

CLLR MARY JACKMAN