Tommy Moran – In Focus: Episode 167
This week we’re talking to one of Leitrim’s favourite citizens. A former school principal, steeped in the GAA and no stranger to a microphone as one of the counties most called upon Master of Ceremonies, Ballinamore man Tommy Moran is a very welcome guest on the show.
A former Inter County gaelic football referee, Tommy was one of the foremost officials in Gaelic Games at club, county and provincial level.
He talks about his background in amateur dramatics with the Carrigallen Players winning Best Supporting Actor in the National Drama Festival.
He talks about how he found himself in the position of County Secretary and Connacht Council President almost by accident after the passing of two of his colleagues and friends, Stanley Cox and Leo Kenny, left a vacancy in each of the roles.
Tommy talked about his life in the classroom and dealing with growing children as the entire profession developed during his career in terms of discipline, resources and support within the education sector in the country.
We discuss his current project, the development of the Island Theatre, in Ballinamore with a massive push to raise the €300,000 matched funding to complete the redevelopment of the community centre on the approach to the town from Carrick on Shannon. The interview was recorded just before Christmas and Tommy reminisced about the memories of the changes of Christmas over the years.