10th September 2017, Liam Spooner (CCR 1962-’68) installed as 58th President of the CCR Union
At its AGM on 10th September 2017, Liam Spooner (CCR 1962-’68) was installed
as the 58th President of the CCR Union.
A native of Roscrea, Liam started in CCR in 1962 and though he repeated 6th Year,
the Class of ’62-’67, who recently celebrated their Golden Jubilee Reunion always
considered him one of their own. His brothers Aidan (1959-’64) and Jody (1965-
’70) and his son Darragh (1993-’99) are also CCR pastmen.
On leaving CCR, Liam studied in what was then Bolton St. College of Technology
and later took over the family business, the well known Spooners’ Garage in
Roscrea, ever associated with the Volkswagen brand.
Liam was one of the most outstanding athletes ever to grace CCR. In his early
years he concentrated on Hurling but when in 5 th Year his talents as a hurdler
were discovered and he won Leinster and All Ireland medals in the 110m Senior
Hurdles in 1968. He played with the very successful Roscrea Hurling teams who
won five county titles between 1968 and 1973 and was on the team which won
the very first All Ireland Club Hurling Championship in 1971. After the ban on
‘foreign games’ was lifted in 1971, Liam turned to Rugby and played for Roscrea
and captained Leinster’s Junior team for two years in the pre-professional era,
and was on the Roscrea teams which won the Provincial Towns Cup in 1975 and
1980. He is presently part of the coaching team of the Roscrea Minor Hurlers,
who include some very prominent recent CCR pastmen and present students in
their ranks and who won the 2017 County Championship.
Liam has shown extraordinary commitment to the College and the Union over
several decades, often in an unseen and quiet way. With the late Gerry Maher he
organized the Annual Abbot’s Cup Golf outing for 20 years. He is currently
Secretary and a Past President of Roscrea Lions Club and is their representative
on the Pieta House Committee.
As well as his son Darragh, Liam has three daughters Aoife, Sinéad and Orlaith.