Tramore Tennis club, established in 1921, is located in the heart of Tramore town, in the sunny South-East of Waterford. It boasts stunning picturesque views across the infamous Tramore bay. Tramore Tennis Club is a family friendly club with a vibrant and active membership that caters for all players from beginners through to advanced level all under a social setting.
Regular tennis competitions and events are routinely organised at the club from monthly whistle stops, ladder groups and leagues as well as our annual junior and senior open weeks. Please check our events page for the upcoming events.
As an active part of the local community for almost 100 years, we continue to provide support to our local schools and groups to show them the fun that tennis can bring.
Committee Members 2020
President: Ed Halley
Treasurer: Deirdre Fleming
Secretary: Ger Sullivan
Senior Committee: Niamh Owens (ex-officio), Garvan Toomey, Monica Kenneally, Marie O’Neill, Simon Andrews, Trisha Lyons, Andrew Zlenko, Kate Qp
The senior committee meets the first Wednesday of every month. If you wish to raise any issues at this meeting please submit in writing to the secretary at the clubhouse.
Tramore Tennis Club always welcomes new Players! If you’re new to tennis, you are welcome to come and try one of our regular cardio sessions. It’s a very relaxed session where the aim is to learn basic tennis skills, get a good workout and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Junior members have always been and will continue to be at the heart (and future) of our club and our coaching team provide group lessons and hitting squads to develop their skills and a love for the great game of tennis.
The Irish Lawn Tennis Association was founded in Dublin in 1879. In the following year Cannon Toppin and Daniel Power established Tramore’s first Tennis Club in the grounds of Newtown House, where regular tournaments were played throughout the 1880’s. A look at the Officers and Committee in those days leaves us in no doubt about the social connotations of the sport : – President- Congreve Rogers J.P. ; Hon Treasurer- E.M. Feely ; Hon Secretary- Dr. H.B. Maunsell. Committee: Major Maunsell, J.P., P.Kent, P.J. Kenny, H.J.Gallwey, and J.R.Tobin.
By the end of the 19th century the club had new headquarters at Hill Quarter Road (the present location), and was known as the Tramore Tennis and Croquet Club. This new tennis ground proved a great attraction but was too small to cater for all the local enthusiasts. In 1903 the committee acquired four courts from Mr.Wright of Albion House – two of them being used for croquet (3 days a week). The Officers at that time were : – Chairman- Francis R. Coffee, C.E. ; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer – J.Denroche. Committee Members were – R. Wright, P.J. Kenny, H.J. Forde, Henry Feely, D.S. Power, F.J. Trant, Fred Budd, H. Nash, H. Smellie, and Rev. G. Swanton Sweetman. Over the following years the club made steady if unspectacular progress.
Past Presidents Tramore Tennis Club:
W.D Gallewey, Matt Sills, Kathleen Kennedy, Elanor Power, Pat Lawrence, Eva Mitchell, Michael Darrer, Hilary Coffey, Marie Kenneally, Avril Halley, Conor Walshe, Paul Slattery, Jackie Kennedy, Elaine Tighe, Dermot Moore, David Sheppard, Paul Kenny, Rachel Mulcahy, Tom Finnegan, Louise Grubb, Mary Walsh, Bernard Pollard, Olwyn Beresford, Sandra Merity, Richard Ryan, Monica Kennelly.
Honorary Members Tramore Tennis Club:
John Kelly, Tom Healy, Matt Sills, Pat Lawrence, Anne Harpur, Kathleen Kennedy, Elanor Power, Walley Coffey, Paul Slattery, David Kenny, Jackie Kennedy, Elaine Tighe, Gerald Reade.
Some key points in time…
- In 1985 , the club purchased land adjacent to the club in order to add two further courts (court 5 and 6).
- In 1991, further progress was made to the facilities in the club when a proposal was put forward to upgrade the floodlights. It began with a light upgrade on courts 1 and 2 only and a decision to replace the current hard courts with Savannah Courts.
- By the mid 90’s all five courts possessed floodlights which allowed all members to play tennis both day and night and all year round.
- The 1990s also saw the building of a new clubhouse facility which to this day remains a focal point of our club and our social events.
Below, you can see how our club has grown and changed over the many years it has been around… Enjoy this trip through time…