Georgie to be Remembered at the Aviva Stadium Next Month

The late Castleisland Juvenile Soccer Club coach, Georgie O’Callaghan as he will be best remembered as he prepared the pitch at Limerick Road for the 2011 season. ©Photograph: John Reidy 29-9-2011
FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney and Kerry District League Secretary John Regan joined locals at the funeral mass for Georgie O’Callaghan at the Church of Saints Stephen and John in Castleisland last April. ©Photograph: John Reidy 19-4-2018

On a weekend in which Castleisland AFC’s A team launched its Denny Premier A campaign with a heroic 3-3 draw against Killarney Celtic – after being 3-0 down – comes the news that the late Georgie O’Callaghan is to be honoured and remembered at the next home International at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on October 13th.

He will be mentioned in the programme and his photograph will be displayed on the big screen at the stadium.

Group from the Club

There will be a big group of juveniles and senior members from the club attending the game in his honour according to club PRO Neil O’Sullivan.

This underlines again the regard in which Georgie was and is held by the top brass of the FAI and by its chief executive, John Delaney in particular. Mr. Delaney travelled down for Georgie’s funeral last April.

In statement after the news of Georgie’s death reached him Mr. Delaney said that Georgie was one of the most respected football figures in the Kingdom.

Club Founder

“He was the founder of Kerry’s Castleisland AFC, and was one of the most well-known and respected football figures in The Kingdom.

“I knew Georgie very well, and counted him as a good friend.

“Legend is a word that gets thrown about too much, but Georgie was the epitome of one.

A Father Figure

“With over four decades of football experience under his belt in the region, there wouldn’t be many players that didn’t come into contact with him at one point or another. He was a father figure of football in Kerry, and will be sorely missed,” said Mr. Delaney.

It was at the end of this statement that Mr. Delaney promised that Georgie would be remembered later in the year at a senior international match in the Aviva Stadium.

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