It might have taken more than 45 years to finally have a place called home for Castleisland AFC but for those who may never have known the late Georgie O’Callaghan his dream will always be a home to anyone who dreams of being a soccer legend.
The all-weather pitch which was opened by FAI President Donal Conway was funded through grant aid from the FAI, the Education Training Board, the Department of Sport, and by local fundraising.
The field will now be home to the 250 members of Castleisland AFC as well as pupils of the Castleisland Community College.
Having battled Storm Hannah on the previous night the Castleisland AFC Committee members were out as early as 7am on Saturday ensuring everything would be right for the big day.
Many locals took their chance to catch some of the legends that would take to the pitch at the River Island Hotel for the sponsors’ brunch.
Ahead of the 3pm kick offs many heartfelt tributes were paid to club founder Georgie O’Callaghan who had worked tirelessly on and off the pitch for years.
Then it was time for some ball and even though the years may have moved on for some, the touches were still there to admire as was the admiration for the facility, for many it was their glancing of it.
Later in the evening it was back to team sponosors Tom McCarthy’s Bar for a drinks reception before the GALA dinner.
The GALA dinner was held in the River Island Hotel where George Hamilton joined the Legends for a night of stories and tales from successful Irish teams down the years.