As Roy Keane famously said: “The only thing that drifts along are dead fish.” And having seen St Brigid’s GAA club’s fantastic facilities last weekend it was obvious to most of us that some clubs in this neck of the woods have been drifting along for the past few decades from an infrastructural point of view.
The Kiltoom club have a superb Prunty pitch laid on special sand brought down from Enniskillen which stood up to and took all that nature could throw at it over the weekend and was still capable of holding two championship matches in the second week in November.
There are few, if any, club pitches in Galway that could have held a double header last Sunday. They have full bar facilities, a fine big press area, a big hall for people to meet, a stand, and state of the art lights for their all-weather pitch.
To their credit the club members facilitated the two games exceptionally smoothly and displayed a high degree of kindness, including free hot teas and soups. Such decency and kindness is rarely seen in Ireland today. Even little things like all their Maor’s having high visibility vests with Naomh Brid on the back of them, the large number of volunteers helping with parking, selling programmes, etc, looked really well and reflected well on the club – it was a great example of a community in full swing.
It was a really well run day and great credit must go to their club. Based on what I observed last Sunday, I have no doubt they are a club which will continue to remain at the forefront of Roscommon football.