Praise for Inniskeen Grattans stalwart John Boyle
Inniskeen Grattans stalwart John Boyle has been praised for his continued and long-serving devotion to the club, by its members this week.
In recent years Cumann Inis Caoin have honoured John’s efforts by inducting his name into their Hall of Fame in 2003 and by electing him as an Honouree Vice-President of the Club.
To this day John is a recognised steward at all G.A.A. events in Inniskeen and continues his unequalled fund-raising talent endeavouring to bring forward the facilities at the new Inniskeen venue, Pairc Grattan to a national level.
Furthermore John Boyle went above and beyond where he contributed to a new scoreboard for the club, John’s generosity knows no bounds.
Great pride was taken in the selecting of this state of the art scoreboard that will hang with pride within the Inis Caoin Pairc Grattans grounds in the coming weeks.
In 1961 John lined out at corner-back on the Grattans’ Brennan Cup-winning team against Sean McDermott’s - which was played at Ballybay.
John continued playing for a number of years, but also became involved with juvenile teams in the club and helped to bring future playing talent to senior ranks.
A lifelong friend of the late Paddy O’Rourke, John Boyle worked alongside his alloy for many years on the Inis Caoin Grattans committee, serving ten years as Vice Chairman of Cumann Inis Caoin from 1976 to 1986.
During these years John contributed enormously to the club’s cause, be it bringing young footballers to matches, to man gates, steward at club matches or to coordinate club fund-raising.
It is indeed at club fund-raising that John has excelled. An annual poll topper in weekly envelope sales, coupled with huge sales of any other club fundraising events, all make John, the master ingredient, he is to the Inniskeen club.