Legends for a Legend – Official Opening of Georgie O’Callaghan Park Announced

The late Georgie O’Callaghan (second from left) sheltering from a shower before the 2017 official announcement of the collaboration between Castleisland AFC and Castleisland Community College on the creation of all weather playing pitch. Included are from left: : Mike Brosnan, Georgie, Seán Gallagher, John Mitchell, Pa O’Rourke, Aidan O’Callaghan and Kevin Moran. ©Photograph: John Reidy 5-2-2017

From the time he left this earthly pitch last April there was never a doubt that the new astro turf ground would be named in his honour and cherished memory.

In terms of playing pitches, the late Georgie O’Callaghan spent a lot of his 45 years of involvement going from post to pillar in an often vain search for the ideal pitch.

In fairness to him, and the people he brought around him, he always made the best of what he had to work with.

Uncertain and Unfair

If there was ever an example of how uncertain and unfair our playing time here is – it was typified by Georgie’s early call just when that permanent pitch was within the club’s grasp.

His beloved creation, Castleisland Athletic Football Club has just announced that an official naming and opening date for the Georgie O’Callaghan Park is near.

Irish Legends

“We are delighted to announce that the official opening of Georgie O’Callaghan Park will take place on April 27th. As part of the official opening of Georgie O’Callaghan Park, Irish Legends from Italia ’90, USA ’94 and Korea/Japan 2002 will be descending on Castleisland on April 27th,” according to a club bulletin.

Star Studded Line-Up

Stars such as Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Kevin Sheedy, Mark Kinsella, Stephen Hunt and many more will play as Irish Legends against a Castleisland Select side on the new state of the art facility located on the grounds of Castleisland Community College.

Tickets on Eventbrite Soon

Tickets for the match will be on sale on the Eventbrite page next week and for more info you can go to the dedicated page soon.

Gala After Match Dinner

The Legends game will be followed by a separate ticketed event that evening – a GALA dinner and live music till late in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland.

Commentator George Hamilton will MC the event which includes a Question and Answer session with the Irish Legends.

Tickets for the GALA dinner will be available from Castleisland AFC officials.

Video Tribute by Castleisland Photography

This video tribute was done by a local man who wishes to remain anonymous and who said he did it as a small thank you to a man who gave so much of his time to so many down through the years.

From coaching to trips abroad – something that I was lucky enough to have been part of when I was younger.

This video shows the work carried out in stages on the park that has been created in memory for a very special man, this is only a small thank you for a man that has done so much for so many people – Georgie O’Callaghan.

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