Recently there was a reunion of the old Crofton Table Tennis Club where ex members and friends met up in the bankers pub in trinity street. This was where the not so serious players went for refreshments after play and sometimes in between knocks. This was where the late Jim Langan started and went on to become Ireland’s number one player helped along by the late Ken O’Riordan.
Jim beat many top internationals in his day but one of his greatest disappointments was that he never won the Irish Open. He did reach the final in ’67 (I think) in Omagh but lost in straight sets to Tommy Caffrey, incidentally this was Tommy’s second Open title.
It was a super day in the bankers with lots of blasts from the past there including Tommy and Eileen Caffrey, food was provided on the day and as someone said to me on the way out “it was so informal” with no overlong self indulgent speeches and no cover charge. It was a fun day and hopefully we can make it an annual event.
– Dara Melinn