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Volunteer Aidan's a grassroots gem

Aidan Ryan, of Malahide RFC, has been nominated for the Evening Herald Club Volunteer of the Month award by Malahide RFC secretary, John Melvin.

Prior to his appointment, the club had been paying a landscaping company for pitch upkeep and estimate that Aidan saves them some €16,000 a year through his admirable efforts. He also oversaw, as foreman, the building of a facility to house the club's groundkeeping equipment.

Added to these onerous tasks, earlier this year Aidan became head of the clubhouse and is driving forward the many fundraising events the club is currently involved with.