It was 1992, the year the Olympics opened in Barcelona. Michael Caruth won a gold medal for Ireland in boxing, Bill Clinton was elected President of America and Linda Martin sang ‘Why Me’ at the Eurovision.
The same year a number of young lads in Killeigh approached a couple of adults in village in relation to starting a Soccer Club and the answer was ‘Why Not’. No one involved in those early days dreamt of how the sport and the Club was to span a number of generations enabling young boys and girls from 6 to 17 to participate in the beautiful game.
A committee was formed and local farmer Ken Matthews was of great assistance as he kindly obliged by offering land close to the rear of his residence in the heart of the village. When a girls team was formed a number of years on a new dimension was introduced to the Club. With the expansion and more and more children joining, space became limited, another local landowner Frankie McKeown offered the Club the Pond field just off the Mountmellick road where the current Club is based.
The Club is now the biggest in the Midlands SchoolBoys/Girls League, a league comprising of 24 clubs stretching from Longford to Portlaoise and including clubs from Athlone, Edenderry, Mullingar Killavilla and Tullamore.
The Killeigh Club has a total of 15 teams, boys and girls with approximately 250 registered players. It has won Leagues, Cups and Shields in all age groups and has aslo done well on the national stage. The Club prides itself on its professional approach to the game and in putting children centre stage in all its dealings.
It has been voted Club of the Year on five occasions, the only Club to have won this coveted award on two consecutive years. Winning Club of the Year this year proved that the Club has continued to develop its sporting and friendly approach to the game both on and off the field.
This Saturday the club celebrates their 20th Anniversary with a special event at the Tullamore Court Hotel which will be attended by FAI CEO John Delaney.