‘Our Tam’ honoured by IRFU

Tom receives his award from President of the Ulster branch John Kinnear. INBM19-15
Tom receives his award from President of the Ulster branch John Kinnear. INBM19-15

Armoy Rugby Club President, Tom Christie, has described the honour of being presented with an award to mark his 40-year playing career as the proudest moment in his life.

Tom attended the annual dinner of the Ulster branch of the IRFU in the Culloden Hotel on Friday night where he was presented with the Dorrington B Faulkner Award for services to rugby.

The presentation was made by the President of the branch, Mr John Kinnear, who spoke of the amazing contribution Tom had made to rugby.

He said it was a credit to the club and to the commitment and dedication of people like Tom who had helped keep rugby alive in rural parts of the province.

Speaking afterwards Tom said it had been an amazing evening.

“Finding myself in the company of greats such as Rory Best, Paddy Jackson and others left me speechless. Naturally, I am delighted to get this award which I will treasure for the rest of my life. It undoubtedly is the proudest moment in my playing career.

“I have enjoyed many happy times in 40 years at Armoy and I thought the recent anniversary celebrations was going to be the best, but being honoured by the Ulster branch topped the lot and is a fitting way to end my playing career.”

Many of Tom’s club mates and supporters attended the dinner to share the moment and celebrations were due to take place on Sunday night in The Scenic Inn, Armoy, where many of the team meet.