Athy Town Council saw red last Friday night, red and white to be precise, as it held a civic reception to mark Athy GFC’s 125 Anniversary, the Senior County Champions 2011 and 2011 All-Star champ Michael Foley.
Athy GFC is one of the oldest clubs in Kildare, founded in 1887 it is 125 years old this year. Athy GFC has provided many outstanding footballers, since it’s foundation, up to the present day who have represented Kildare at all grades and indeed several county board chairmen and Leinster council delegates.
Chairman of Athy GFC Mark Dalton, who is also a local councillor, said the club was very honoured by the civic reception on its recent successes and an acknowledgment of the club’s history in the south Kildare town. “At a time of great difficulty for the country, the GAA is holding the fabric of society together, giving communities and people a focus to work together and to take pride in. In a town such as Athy which has changed so much in the past 10 years, the club has grown from strength to strength. It is hoped the club will play a big part in the town’s revitalisation programme and it also gives new people to the town an activity sports outlets for their children and a opportunity to volunteer.”