John Delaney (CEO FAI) visited the Club where received a warm welcome. He was first brought out to the all weather to see some of our teams in training. He commented that it was a great facility to have but that it needed to be recovered.
He was then brought into the dressing room area where he was shown our plans for the redevelopment of the area. After the brief tour he was shown to the function where many parents and players had gathered. He was introduced to our under 16 team by manager Alan Kinsella, and in particular our internationals Avis Ganiyu, Nathan Seery, and Conor Davis (Steven Kinsella was unable to attend as he was on international duty).
John congratulated the team on there achievements and said that they were a credit to the Club. He was delighted with the success of the team as it proved that you didn't have to leave your local club to have success. John also said that the clubs ethos of providing football was the right one and did not exclude the club from producing top quality teams.
Then John was interviewed by John Brennan of the Sunday World which covered a wide range of topics from the from the appointment of Martin O'Neill to the Aviva debt to the debacale between the DDSL and the SFAI. He also took some questions from the floor, we discovered that he thinks Seamus Coleman is currently the best Irish player and that his favourite player is Shane Long.
As the session ended John said that he would do everything in his power to help with the clubs development plan and he the invited the entire Under 16 Squad to attend this weeks international against Serbia as his guests and an opportunity to meet the players.
Albert Johnston presented John with an engraved crystal fruit bowl as a momento of his visit, he the posed for photographs with many of those in attendence.
The Executive would like to thank John for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the Club.