Ledgendary Day: Crowds come out to meet legends and to remember another one on a special day for Castleisland AFC

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.

Georgie O’Callaghan Park official opening

The official opening of the Georgie O’Callaghan Park will take place this Saturday when a team of Irish Legends team take on three different Castleisland sides on the day.

It is a fitting tribute to the legend that is Georgie O’Callaghan (Pictured Right) that so many famous ex professional footballers will congregate in Castleisland for the opening of the new astro turf pitch.

It’s not every day that talents like: Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Kevin Sheedy, Mark Kinsella and many more will tog out in your local soccer pitch.

Georgie was so well-known in Irish soccer circles that he would have been on first name terms with a lot of these legends.

In fact Ronnie Whelan did kick a ball on a pitch in Castleisland in the early 1980s when the club played in Hogan’s Field – where St. John’s Park now stands. And he was indeed there as a guest of the late Georgie O’Callaghan.

The action packed day will begin with a sponsors only brunch at the River Island Hotel where the professional players will meet and greet the sponsors of the event.

Then attention turns to Georgie O’Callaghan Park where a number of warm up games and entertainment for all the family will take play prior to the official opening.

The grounds will be open from 12.30 onwards so we advise everyone to come early and enjoy the build up to the big opening.

The opening will take place prior to the Legends game kick off which is down for 3pm.

The Legends will be coming up against three different opponents on the day in three 30 minute matches.

First up will be a Castleisland Committee 11 made up of current and past players from the club. Next up the Volkswagen 11 will take to the field followed by a team made up of ‘Golden Oldies’ from the club’s successful 1998 team.

The action on the pitch will be followed by a GALA dinner taking place in the River Island Hotel which will include a Question and Answer session with the professionals where George Hamilton will be the MC. The GALA dinner is already fully sold out.

More information and match build up is available on the Castleisland AFC Facebook page.

Legends come to Castleisland to honour another

David Hall from the FAI and Castleisland AFC Club Chairman Patrick O’Rourke along with players past and present gathered at Tom McCarthy’s bar on Tuesday night to launch their “Legends for a Legend” event  which will take place on April 27th.

It was also announced on the night that the new Astroturf pitch which is based at Castleisland Community College will be named after the clubs founder the late Georgie O’Callaghan and that FAI CEO John Delaney will attend the opening.

This Legends Game will be followed that evening by a Gala dinner and live music till late in the River Island Hotel Castleisland where soccer commentator George Hamilton will MC the event which will include a Q&A with the Legend Players along with untold stories and banter of what goes on behind the scenes on tours. 

Club Chairman Patrick O’Rourke thanked the community and the businesses of the Castleisland area for supporting the club with the opening, ‘’We would not be able to hold such a prestigious event without their support, its a massive undertaking for the club but if is only right that we pay tribute to the legacy of the great man Georgie O’Callaghan and I would like to thank John Delaney and David Hall for all their help in securing real legends of Irish soccer for the game’’. 

Teresa Lonergan acting Principal of Castleisland Community College said that “This excellent new facility will benefit students, local clubs, and the wider community and we will certainly use the space to enrich our students lives for many years to come’’.   

Tickets for game are on sale at EVENTBRITE.IE and there is already huge demand for them . For more information and updates you can check out Castleisland AFC webpage on www.facebook.com/CastleislandAFCSoccer/

Irish Soccer Legends are coming to Castleisland

As part of the Official Opening of Castleisland AFC’s new artificial turf playing pitch constructed in collaboration with Castleisland Community College, Irish Legend stars from Italia 90, USA 94 and Japan 2002 will be descending on Castleisland on 27th April 2019.

The new pitch will be named after former founder and father figure of the club Georgie O’Callaghan who sadly passed away in April 2018. On the anniversary of his passing and in conjunction with the Official Opening of the pitch stars including Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Kevin Sheedy, Mark Kinsella and Stephen Hunt will play an Irish Legends game against a Castleisland Select on the new state-of-the-art facility located on the grounds of Castleisland Community College. FAI CEO John Delaney will also be in attendance.

This Legends Game will be followed that evening by a Gala dinner and live music till late in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland where soccer commentator George Hamilton will MC the event which will include Q&A with the Legend Players along with untold stories and banter of what goes on behind the scenes on tours.      

Tickets for both events will be limited and will be on sale in the coming weeks. For more information and updates you can check out Castleisland AFC webpage on www.facebook.com/CastleislandAFCSoccer/

Women’s League of Ireland Friendly for Tralee

Mounthawk Park’s excellent facilities have already played host to Cork City Men’s team.

This Sunday at 2pm it will be the Cork City Women’s team that will be in town for their Women’s League of Ireland pre-season friendly.

They will take on fellow LoI side Limerick FC Women.

Both clubs had Kerry players on their squads last season with Player of Year Savannah McCarthy and Hannah O’Donoghue playing with Cork and Rebecca Horgan on the Limerick FC team. It will be interesting to see if this trio or any new players from the county will feature in the game. Following the game their will be a coaching session for Kerry’s Girls ETP players which is open to all to come along and watch.

Come along and see some of the countries top women’s soccer player in action in Mounthawk Park from 2pm on Sunday February 17th.

Basic Awareness Child Welfare Workshop

Basic Awareness Child Welfare Workshop ,
Date ; Monday 24th September 2018
Time ; 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue ; Mounthawk Park Tralee ,

 

With the new season underway if any club in the Kerry District League or the Kerry Schoolboys/girls have Managers, Coaches or anyone else dealing with children under 18 they must complete the Child Welfare Course. The FAI have now announced that the Safe Guarding Course (Child Welfare course) has to be Redone every 3 years . So anyone who did it more than 3 years ago must now redo the course .

As this is now law it is every clubs responsibility to make sure all people working with children are Garda Vetted and have the Child Welfare Course done .

This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of all children under 18 involved in football.

This is a mandatory course for any person working or volunteering with children in football in any capacity.

Any queries please contact the KDL Child Welfare Officer Geraldine Nagle on 087-6123512 or Darren Aherne at darren.aherne@fai.ie

You can book online at the following link ,
https://fainet.ie/vkal/mod_vkal/webflow0.do