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Saturday 19 October 2019

'No appetite' for club to change name of John Delaney Park

Mr Delaney ‘did not request the park be named after him’
Mr Delaney ‘did not request the park be named after him’

A soccer club which named their grounds John Delaney Park has said there is "no appetite" to change the name in the wake of the formal exit of the former CEO from the FAI.

Clones Town in Co Monaghan opened the facility in 2009, and renamed it John Delaney Park at a function which the then chief executive attended in August 2013.

Club officials insisted he did not request the ground be called after him and the approach came from them.

Club secretary Seamie Sewell said the matter could be discussed by club officers next week but he did not expect calls for Mr Delaney's name to be removed from the facility.

Grateful

"There is no appetite to change it at the minute," Mr Sewell told the Herald.

"No one ever mentions the name. We have a great facility up there and we are just happy to have it, and John Delaney did put a lot of work into it."

Mr Delaney helped turn the sod on the Clones Town facility in July 2009.

The decision to name the ground in his honour was revealed by Mr Delaney in a Sky Sports documentary about his working day in March 2013 and, in August 2013, he attended a ceremony to name the ground John Delaney Park.

Later, Clones Town was revealed by the FAI as one of six "strategically important football projects" to benefit from €1.2m in State funding.

On RTE's Liveline in March, after Mr Delaney stepped down as FAI chief executive, Clones Town official Frankie Reavey defended the decision to call the ground after Mr Delaney, saying: "He got us funding."

Mr Reavey later told Northern Sound radio: "For once, a wee town like Clones got something and I personally will be forever grateful to John Delaney for getting it over the line."

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