GAA 'superwoman' steps down after 17 years as secretary with Offaly club
Gracefield GAA has paid tribute to one of its finest servants after Colette O'Reilly stepped aside from her role as secretary with the club.
Colette spent 17 years in the role but didn't put her name forward for selection at Saturday night's AGM where Patricia Whelan was elected secretary.
So my Mother steps down as Gracefield Club Secretary after 17 years,yep 17. 8 kids of her own,about 70 partially adopted children over the years and “The Field”. Superwoman has left the building @Offaly_GAA @maryballyfore— John O Reilly (@RuaReilly) January 28, 2019
Colette's son John led the tributes to his mother following the AGM, pointing out the fact she had reared a family of eight children while also showing incredible dedication to 'the field' for almost two decades.
The club itself said: "Many thanks to our outgoing secretary Colette O’Reilly for her huge contribution over the past 17 years, her dedication and work ethic in the club has been outstanding."
Clubmates and friends were also quick to thank Colette for her service with current Offaly GAA PRO Mary Dunne saying she had contributed "a massive service" to her club and local GAA and urging her to "enjoy retirement."
Geraldine Horan said: "Congratulations to you Colette. It's hard to believe you have been involved for that many years, fair play to you."
Michael Lawlor said: "Thanks Colette for all your hard work," while Dolores Kelly added: "Some commitment and dedication Colette. Congratulations on an amazing job over the years, may you enjoy your time out of the job as much as you did doing it."
Also at Gracefield GAA's AGM, John Scully was elected chairman while Michael Gallagher was elected treasurer. See more and the full list of elected officials at the Gracefield GAA Facebook page.