Minister Griffin Drops in on An Ríocht Athletic Club

Members of An Ríocht AC and Oileán Beó / St. John of God pictured with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD on Friday afternoon. Included are from left: Mary Neligan, Denis Brosnan, club president; Bernadette Fitzgerald and Cathleen Reidy, An Ríocht; Seán Hanly and Noreen McGuire, Oileán Beó; Willie Reidy, An Ríocht AC; William Dennehy, club chairman; Cllr. Bobby O’Connell and his daughter,Grace; Minister Griffin, Hazel Byrne club manager; Larry Hickey, club treasurer and Mary Flynn, Oileán Beó. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Management and staff at An Riocht Athletic Club were delighted to welcome Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD and local representative, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell to the Castleisland facility on Friday afternoon.

Guided Tour

An Riocht AC President, Denis Brosnan provided a tour of the facility and a history of the club. Afterwards, Chairman, William Dennehy along with Treasurer, Larry Hickey, Mr. Brosnan and Manager Hazel Byrne held a meeting to discuss developments at the facility.

Busy Schedules

Denis Brosnan thanked Minister Griffin and Cllr. Bobby O’Connell for taking the time out of their busy schedules to meet with the club

They acknowledged the support the club has received in the past from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Social and Economic Benefits

The committee members outlined the importance of the facility to the local area, to the wider county of Kerry and the Munster region in terms of sporting opportunities, social benefits and economic development.

Happy Hunting Ground

During his visit, Minister Griffin said that Castleisland is his happy hunting ground in terms of sporting success. He told the gathering that he played soccer for years with his local club in Castlemaine and never scored a goal.

Then, just a couple of months ago, on the day at the end of April at the official opening of the Georgie O’Callaghan Park, in front of a crowd and facing a team packed with local and former international stars, Brendan Griffin the soccer player scored.

If you were to pick your place and time to show-case your latent talent – wouldn’t that be it.

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