Boden’s Moran signs off

by James Hendicott

AFTER four years as chairman of one of the Ireland’s largest sports clubs, Ballyboden St Enda’s, Brendan Moran will step down at the club’s coming AGM next Monday.
Moran has overseen a successful period at the club, including an All-Ireland club football title last year, and spoke to GazetteSport about the memories he’ll take away from the role at the recent launch of the club’s new hurling fundraiser, the Poc Fada.
“The obvious highlight is winning the All-Ireland,” Moran reflected. “But the celebrations the club did for the 1916 commemorations were great, too. We had 28 events run by John Kirwan, the former chairman, all told through the year last year.
“They included lectures, music, drama, walks, games – all with a 1916 theme. It was every other week. We put a commemoration plaque out here, and set the parameters for another 100 years.
“Those are the two major highlights for me. One on the playing side, and one on the cultural, Irish social side. There’s always something down here, every single night, and that’s the buzz you want to create about the club, making it a club for all the people of Knocklyon, Firhouse and Ballyboden.
“Somebody pointed out to me some time ago – I have a brother connected with Manchester United – and we’re a bigger club than Manchester United. We have 128 teams.
“I would also qualify that in terms of saying being big does not make you the best. But it gives you a certain responsibility for trying to manage what we’ve got.”
Moran, of course, will continue to be a regular around the clubhouse, and anticipates spending only a little less time with Ballyboden GAA, but is extremely proud of his period at the top of ladder.
“It’s been a great four years in many ways,” he told us. “We’ve seen so much happen at the club, culminating in winning the All Ireland club football championship, which was a remarkable win for the club.
“We’ve also seen the development of other teams coming through. Our women’s team started from a very low base, and are very competitive now. I think that’s the important thing for teams, really, improvement.
“Equally importantly, the social fabric of this club has also improved a lot. We’ve done a lot of work and development, and some of the other groups that we’ve got, like the drama group, have seen the benefit of that. There’s a buzz about the place, and that’s great.
“I will have to find another life after the next AGM, but it’s time to hand over the reigns,” Moran concluded. The new chairman of Ballyboden St Enda’s will be elected shortly.

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