Valuing Volunteers

The programme for the USFC Tyrone v Monaghan game last Sunday contained an article on one of our own true gaels Seamus Tate. For those of you that did not travel last Sunday the following is a copy of the article.

Monaghan’s Valuing Volunteer – Seamus Tate, Rockcorry GAA Club

The person chosen to be acknowledged today is Seamus Tate from one of the smallest clubs not only in Monaghan but in Ulster. Affectionately known as and frequently referred to as “Big Chief” he is one of those outstanding characters who has supported every activity undertaken by his club from games, fundraising, Scόr and social activities. 

Seamus a native of the area, it can be said of him that there was never a time when he has not been involved with his club commencing from when he first became involved as a player in the 60s and was for many years a prominent playing member giving sterling service to his team and where he finished his playing career between the posts.  When his playing days came to an end it was his love for the game that led him to continue in a team managerial role and he was a selector on the history making Rockcorry team to capture both the Junior Championship and Junior League in 1982.  Again in 1996 he was a selector when the club won the Dr. Ward Cup – Junior League – after also reaching the Championship final which was narrowly lost by two points after a replay.  During this time Seamus was also Treasurer of the club having attained this position in 1981 at a time when Páirc Mhuire, as we know it today, was purchased and being developed. He remained in this position for 21 years, is one of the longest serving administrators of the club and has always been central and pivotal to all fund raising initiatives undertaken.  Although not currently on the club committee – Seamus is of the opinion it’s time for younger people to take up that baton – he nevertheless is happy to remain involved with the weekly fundraising Top 4 lotto.

During the development and after the completion of Páirc Mhuire Seamus also served on the Field Committee and for many years would be the first man to arrive prior to a game or training session and likewise the last man to leave during which time he would have lined out the field, accounted for training gear, footballs, made tea and perhaps acted as linesman or umpire when called upon. 

It would be very remiss to ignore one of Seamus’s great passions and of which he has always given huge support, that is Scόr and even more so Scόr na n-Óg. There are many adults today, who when children felt he was their lucky charm at these events and that they performed better when Seamus was present.

Seamus is married to Nuala nee Clarke, daughter of the late Pat and Mona and is father to Anthony, Joanne, Una & Adele and now grandfather to many grandchildren in whom he takes great pride. Last Saturday Seamus was seen in attendance at the U12 Monaghan Spring Leagues Finals at Cloghan where he was supporting his team and especially his grandson, Morgan. Son Anthony for many years a noted Rockcorry player is now becoming an established referee and amongst his trusted umpires you will find Seamus.

In conclusion I can say that this tribute was not easy to write as it is too confined in word length to pay what should be a much more elaborate tribute to a fine, wonderful, unselfish GAA Volunteer. It can be truly said that Seamus’s aspirations as a GAA member was to serve his club and that his priorities within the Association has always been with the basic unit of the association his club, Rockcorry for whom he has always displayed an inherent love.