A LARGE crowd turned up at Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club last week to welcome Minister Eoghan Murphy to the club for a special presentation day.

For the past five years, Donnybrook has been offering tennis coaching to adults and children with an intellectual disability and Murphy presented performance certificates and an Easter egg to each athlete.

A Special Needs programme, now known as Enjoy Tennis, is organised through Tennis Ireland and has proven very popular, attracting over 20 athletes from all over Dublin every Sunday morning.

The Minister witnessed the popularity of the programme and gave words of encouragement to the family members and athletes who had braved the unseasonal weather to improve their tennis skills.

Conor Niland, former Irish number one and Davis Cup player, also participated and joined the coaching staff, club members and Transition Year students on court, displaying his skills.

After a photograph with the Minister, everyone returned to the club where Aisling Drummy, a Leinster Tennis Council Representative and David Clarke, who coordinates the programme within Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club, thanked the Minister for attending one of the highlights of the Enjoy Tennis programme.