Kerins O’Rahillys Hosts AIB-Organised Game In Memory Of Pat Healy

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Captain of the Kerins O’Rahillys team, Cormac Coffey, was presented the Healy Cup by the Healy Family. Lily, Kay & Roisin Healy along with Pat’s grandchildren , Cormac and Alison represented the Healy Family. Also included are representatives from AIB, the Kerins O’Rahillys club and Sean Kelly MEP. Photo: Joe Hanley

THE Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club played host to a special football game on Friday night when a AIB National Representative GAA Selection came to play the Strand Road side in the Pat Healy Cup.

The late Pat Healy, ex-Branch Manager AIB Dingle, is remembered with great fondness. Pat was only 52 when he passed away in 2007 but his contribution to Kerins O’Rahillys, AIB, Kerry GAA and the GAA nationally would prove difficult to measure.

At the time of his passing, Pat was a hugely respected member of the community in Dingle where he spent almost eight years as Branch Manager.

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He was also immersed in GAA with his club Kerins O’Rahilly’s where he was the Club Chairman at the time of his passing and also with AIB GAA & the National GAA Finance Committee.

Pat was also a founding member of AIB Sports & Social Club, Bank Inter Firm Competitions, AIB Munster Club Football League and the AIB Intermediate & Junior All Ireland Club Football & Hurling Championship’s #thethoughest.

To recognise Pat’s contribution to AIB and GAA, the AIB Football Team have played a representative game in his memory every year since 2011.

AIB GAA would ordinarily play against the Junior or Intermediate AIB Club Champions. As the fixture was unable to be fulfilled in the past few years because of COVID, AIB GAA felt this was the appropriate time to bring the fixture to the club in which Pat played such an instrumental part in growing and developing over three decades.

AIB had players travel from all over the country to play in the game and some local talent in the shape of Colm Cooper and Brian Looney ensured a very competitive match was played against the Strand Road side on the night.

Strand Road’s bench and strong finish saw them score a few late goals to give them a hard fought win.

Captain of Strand Road Cormac Coffey, was presented the Healy Cup by the Healy Family. Lily, Kay & Roisin Healy along with Pat’s grandchildren , Cormac and Alison represented the Healy Family.

To mark the occasion, a post-match function hosted by AIB, took place at the Strand Road clubhouse.

Invited guests included Eoin Liston, Ogie Moran, many of Pat’s colleagues from the Kerins O’Rahillys Club executives over the years and past president of the GAA, Sean Kelly MEP.

Sean spoke on the night of the contribution  made by Pat to Kerins O’Rahillys and to the national committees he worked on for the GAA.

The present generation of Kerins O’Rahillys players were reminded by Sean that all the facilities they now rely on were developed under Pat’s stewardship and direction as Club Chairman.

Current Kerins O’Rahillys Club Chairman, Haulie Kerins, welcomed the Healy family and the AIB GAA players and thanked them for remembering Pat’s legacy in the form of the annual Healy Cup.

He also paid a very warm tribute to Pat’s memory and his immense contribution to the club.

It was a great occasion for all who attended and a fitting memory to Pat’s legacy in AIB & Strand Road. Huge credit also to all the staff in Kerins O’Rahillys who looked after all so well on the night.

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