Wednesday 7 December 2016

New role will take Healy far from fields of Athenry

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

Amy Fahy, left, and Sarah Donoghue, from Galway, nieces of Joe Healy, celebrate his victory. Photo: Damien Eagers
Amy Fahy, left, and Sarah Donoghue, from Galway, nieces of Joe Healy, celebrate his victory. Photo: Damien Eagers

Howls of delight erupted as the name of the 15th IFA president was announced.

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In front of a bank of TV cameras, supporters of victorious Galway farmer Joe Healy burst into a spontaneous chorus of 'The Fields of Athenry' in reference to his hometown.

But it is a place he's unlikely to see much of over the next two years, with the hectic schedule of the IFA's top role now his priority. Today, he is straight into a meeting with Glanbia, and he'll be on a red-eye flight to Brussels tomorrow.

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