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FAI chief John Delaney opens new Moneygall FC grounds

Thursday, 22 June 2017

FAI chief John Delaney opens new Moneygall FC grounds thumbnailFAI Chief Executive John Delaney cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Moneygall FC grounds on Saturday last.

A BIG crowd turned out in glorious sunshine last Saturday for the official opening of the new Moneygall FC pitch located in the town.
Special guest John Delaney, FAI Chief Executive, officially opened the pitch and this was followed by the Republic of Ireland Masters team playing Moneygall FC Legends.
Chairman of Moneygall FC Mark Moroney welcomed everyone including invited guests 'to witness an important day for the club since it was founded 39 years ago' he began. 'Our committee have dreamt of this great day for a long time. Our longest serving committee member Tom Quinlan will probably be the most proud today out of the lot of us and we join him in that' he said.
He paid tribute to the many who have helped along the way for their hard work, support and generosity and the members of the 1978 team who were present for the occasion. He thanked John Delaney for his support and for turning the sod on the new pitch 'nearly a year ago', Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who, he said was a huge, huge support, and Peter Ormond who he said 'is great friends of the club also'.
He stressed that there are many more but he wouldn't have time to name them all. He mentioned the Emerging Talent Programme and how Barry Coffey was the only North Tipperary man to sign a professional contract just this week.
Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy congratulated everyone involved with the club and said it was a privilege for her to be present and to be able to support the club's application for capital funding. She talked about the benefits of the Sports Capital Programme to all clubs across the country who have an idea for a project like the Moneygall one. 'It only supplies some of the money and the community then pull together to raise the rest' she said.
FAI chief John Delaney said it was great to be back in Moneygall almost a year later and to see the fantastic work done in that length of time. 'I suppose the pressure comes to you when you have rented six grounds in 39 years and you know the club has to find its own home,' he said. He mentioned the founder members back in 1978, such people as Ger Hayes, Matt Douglas, Billy Costello, the late Kieran Costello and he said 'I wonder did they see this day when there would be over 100 children playing with the club, 16 girls and about to build their own pitch'.
He asked for a round of applause too for Tom Quinlan who developed underage football in the 1980's. The FAI chief drew a massive round of applause when he announced a grant of €10,000 to the club to continue with the development. He also announced that the FAI were giving 50 tickets to bring the club's children to Aviva Stadium in September to watch the Serbia game and he also brought along an Ireland jersey which he asked Minister Corcoran Kennedy to present to the club which was accepted by Tom Quinlan.
He thanked James Scott, co-funded development officer in North Tipperary, 'and his appointment is really central to soccer up around these parts. On Monday next (June 19) we're in Tullamore with Martin O'Neill announcing a co-funded development officer in Offaly, it being the last county in Ireland that doesn't have such a officer, but on Monday we do that' he said.
Referring to Barry Coffey's contract Delaney said 'South Tipperary is very strong in soccer and it's nice to see the North coming very strong now too and hopefully Moneygall might produce a player that might want to play for Ireland and go on to play for Celtic. We see how Nenagh have developed and I'm certain that days like today in Moneygall will do the same,' he said.
He finished up by thanking Ollie Hayes who has been a loyal sponsor of the club for 'about 30 years or so' and Minister Corcoran Kennedy who he said was a great help to him not just with the Moneygall project but other projects too.
The new development was part funded by the National Lottery Good Causes fund and Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said: "It is projects like this that really make a difference to people's lives in local communities in Ireland. Having the local team battle it out with international legends was a fantastic way of bringing people together. And you never know maybe Barack Obama himself will get back to his Moneygall roots to see this pitch for himself!"
He added: "We are proud to support this new development which will go a long way to promote the game, and which will benefit the people of Moneygall for generations to come. I wish everyone involved in the club every success."
Some few minutes later, the Republic of Ireland Masters and Moneygall FC Legends took to the new pitch as the sun beamed down with the end result going to the Republic of Ireland 7-2.
Teams as per programme:
Republic of Ireland Masters: S. Bradley, G. Cronin, G. Crowe, G. Dempsey, C. Fleming, D. Foley, G. Garland, E. Heary, S. Hunt, M. Kinsella, S. McPhail, T. Molloy, B. Morrisroe, G. O'Brien, P. Perth, J. Prizeman, S. Robinson, B. Ryan, T. Treacy. Manager: Mick Byrne.
Moneygall FC Legends: M. Butler, S. Conlon, B. Costello, N. Costello, D. Crowley, R. Fitzpatrick, D. Gleeson, P. Greene, T. Harney, B. Hayes, P. Jennings, J. Kennedy, T. Kennedy, P. Kenny, D. Maher, B. McCormack, S. McCormack, K. McDonald, M. Moroney, M. Muldowney, S. Nolan, T. Nolan, J. O'Dwyer, J. O'Meara, B. Quinlan, N. Ryan, E. Toohey, T. Toohey, T. Treacy. Manager: John Hassett.

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