Legends for a legend: opening of Georgie O'Callaghan Park

From the time he left this earthly pitch last April, there was never a doubt that the new astro turf ground would be named in his honour and cherished memory.

In terms of playing pitches, the late Georgie O'Callaghan spent a lot of his 45 years of involvement going from post to pillar in an often vain search for the ideal pitch.

In fairness to him, and the people he brought around him, he always made the best of what he had to work with.

If there was ever an example of how uncertain and unfair our playing time here is, it was typified by Georgie's early call just when that permanent pitch was within the club's grasp.

His beloved creation, Castleisland Athletic Football Club, has just announced that an official naming and opening date for the Georgie O'Callaghan Park is near.

"We are delighted to announce that the official opening of Georgie O'Callaghan Park will take place on April 27," according to a club bulletin.

As part of the official opening of Georgie O'Callaghan Park, Irish legends from Italia '90, USA '94 and Korea/Japan 2002 will be descending on Castleisland on April 27. Stars such as Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Kevin Sheedy, Mark Kinsella, Stephen Hunt and many more will play as Irish Legends against a Castleisland Select side on the new, state-of-the-art facility located on the grounds of Castleisland Community College.

Tickets for the match will be on sale on the Eventbrite page next week, and for more info, you can go to the dedicated page soon. The Legends game will be followed by a separate ticketed event that evening - a gala dinner and live music till late in the River Island Hotel, Castleisland.

Commentator George Hamilton will emcee the event, which includes a question and answer session with the Irish Legends themselves.

Tickets for the gala dinner will be available from Castleisland AFC officials.