Hazel’s Farewell – Search on for New Manager at An Ríocht

On the Move: Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD pictured with An Ríocht AC Manager, Hazel Byrne during his visit to An Ríocht AC in Castleisland in June. Ms. Byrne will take up her new post at IT Tralee during the week.   ©Photograph: John Reidy 14-6-2019

An Ríocht Health and Leisure Club manager since September 2017, Hazel Byrne is to leave her post on Wednesday next to take up a managerial position at her former college, IT Tralee.

The Co. Wicklow native came to the Castleisland facility to fill the vacancy left by Kate McSweeney who took up a full-time teaching post in Knocknagoshel.

Health and Laisure Industry

Ms. Byrne, who moved to Kerry in 2002, is a Health, Leisure and Fitness graduate of I.T. Tralee. For over the past ten years she has been working in the health and leisure industry, with experience in health promotion, gym management, sports development and the management of community facilities.

“I felt very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to manage such a fantastic facility here in Castleisland over the last couple of years.

Two Years in September

I’d have been here a year in September but this opening at Tralee IT came out of the blue and it’s too good to pass up.

“An Ríocht is a great club and there are fantastic people involved and I’m looking forward to taking up my new role in Tralee,” said Ms. Byrne.

Search on for New Manager

The search is now on for someone with the relevant qualifications to replace Ms. Byrne and to

become the fourth manager of the unique facility which was officially opened in 2002 by 1956 Olympic 1500 Gold Medalist, Ronnie Delaney.

Good luck to Hazel with her new challenge from all who encountered her during her all too short time in Castleisland.

Couch to 5k Finale Approaches

Meanwhile, the current crop of Couch to 5k participants are shuffling nearer to their target of completing a 5k road race by one means or another.

Some run, some jog and some walk the all important distance from gun to tape and all share the sheer delight of finishing what they all started together at the outset of the eight-week training programme.

If you feel you have what it takes to juggle the responsibilities associated with running such a facility, you’ll find a list of the necessary qualifications and an invitation to apply on: https://www.facebook.com/riochtclub/

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