Muriel Bolton Award 2019

On Sunday 20th October 2019, the Muriel Bolton Award for 2019 was awarded posthumously to Lorraine Reilly of Lansdowne LTC.

This Award is made annually to a Lady member of any club affiliated to the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council who in the opinion of the Council has made a significant contribution as a player or administrator to the Dublin Leagues. This award recognises the long contribution of the late Muriel Bolton to the promotion and running of the Dublin Leagues over a period of more than 40 years.

Lorraine Reilly began playing tennis in her native Claremorris LTC where she subsequently helped to organise the club’s Open Week.  Lorraine was also a member of Westwood Clontarf LTC.  She worked tirelessly to promote tennis and especially DLTC League Tennis in Westwood.  She regularly captained her league team and she participated in all DLTC League competitions.  More recently, she was a keen member of Lansdowne LTC.  Lorraine represented the DLTC in its annual match against the Belfast & District Leagues and she also played for Connacht in the Senior Inter-Pros. She played in several open competitions.  

It was with immense sadness that the tennis community learned of Lorraine’s sudden death on 17th June 2019.  

Lorraine Reilly is indeed a very worthy recipient of the Muriel Bolton award for 2019.  The photograph shows Harry McCarthy, President of the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council presenting the Muriel Bolton award to Lorraine’s Mother, Kathleen Reilly.