THE official launch of Club na Mí was performed by legendary Meath manager Sean Boylan at Arás Tailteann last Friday night.
The launch of what was formally known as the Meath Supporters Club coincided with the 25th anniversary of the supporters club being set up to offer additional support and raise funds for county teams.
The supporters Player of the Year was also announced with Meath forward Brian Farrell getting the nod ahead of county colleagues Donal Keogan and Graham Reilly.
The Nobber man, who notched 37 points in this year's championship campaign and was only surpassed in the scoring stakes by Donegal's Colm McFadden on All-Ireland final day, was presented with his trophy by Ray Finnegan, chairman of the supporters club, and Declan Black, representing the sponsors ECO Group Services.
In launching Club na Mí Sean Boylan spoke of the importance of having a supporters club and the backup that they provide to county teams, both football and hurling.
Boylan was joined by current senior football and hurling managers, Mick O'Dowd and Cillian Farrell as well as county footballers Seamus Kenny, Peadar Byrne, Graham Reilly, Shane McAnarney, and selectors Trevor Giles, Sean Kelly and trainer Colm Brady.
Mick O'Dowd said he was overwhelmed by the support he had received since his appointment and spoke of his time as a Meath supporter, especially during the glory days of the late 1980s and early 1990s, seeing Meath play as a united county with support from all parts.
The affinity and bond between Meath supporters and the team was always very special, on the day of big games and behind the scene, according to O'Dowd who expressed the wish that it would continue into the future.
He expressed his appreciation of what had already been done by the supporters club and what would continue to be done.
O'Dowd said he and his team would be starting with a very clear goal of where they want to go and that they all grew up with the big days and that is where they wanted to be again.