FORMER Kilmallock hurler Mike O’Riordan was yesterday appointed as Limerick County Board’s first full-time secretary.
Aged 33 and working as a sales representative with a Co. Tipperary-based builder providers firm, he had been filling in as secretary for the last 16 months following the resignation of Jimmy Hartigan.
A player with Kilmallock from under-age ranks up to senior — playing his last major game in the 1999 county final — he served as secretary of the club for five years.
With the County Board he was secretary of the Hearings Committee and one of their two delegates to the Munster Council.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed,’’ he said last night. “It’s a challenge but one I am looking forward to very much.’’
Board Chairman Liam Linehan pointed out that the county ‘badly needed’ a full-time secretary.
“It’s almost impossible in a county like Limerick, where you have 69 dual clubs, for a part-timer to cope with the huge fixtures programme which we thankfully have.
“We have the International Rules test (in the Gaelic Grounds) and we have to that get that up and running. And we have to complete our centre of excellence in Rathkeale, for which we are getting €2m from the Central Council.
“We are in an area where rugby is very strong and fair dues to them. Soccer is also very strong in the city. We have to claim our space for the GAA. We are investing an awful lot of money in coaching and we have to co-ordinate the whole thing to make sure it’s done properly.
“We’ll be appointing a Games Manager next week and along with the full time secretary they will need to harness everything that’s out there and just make sure they encourage the volunteers in the clubs. We depend totally on volunteers,” he added.
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