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Ballyboden spring nice surprise on Danny


Danny Griffin (Ballyboden St Enda's)

Danny Griffin (Ballyboden St Enda's)

Danny Griffin (Ballyboden St Enda's)

DANNY GRIFFIN got the surprise of his life. He was attending the Ballyboden St Enda’s AGM.

Club chairman, Brendan Moran, was making an address. The hall was packed. And suddenly came the announcement that a special presentation was to be made.

Danny was called to the stage. He’s the club’s Sponsorship Manager. Brendan presented him with an oil painting of his home place, Cahersiveen in Kerry.

Danny was stunned. The applause rang out. It was an emotional moment. “I felt very honoured,” reflected Danny.

He has been with Boden for decades. He has spent 21 consecutive years on the Boden executive. He has brought in well over a quarter of million euros worth of sponsorship. “There’s hardly a club in the country that can match the pitch signage we have in Pairc Ui Mhurchu,” stated Brendan Moran.

Danny first arrived in Dublin in October, 1974 after a spell in London. “That’s where I got the accent,” he quips.

He recalls his first sponsorship. “It was back in 1995 when we won the Dublin Senior Football Championship. We had Paul Bealin playing for us and we beat Erin’s Isle in the final.

“Ferguson TV and Video came on board. It was one of the first GAA sponsorships in the country.”

Danny is part of the fabric on the Firhouse Road. Match day is not complete without him organising a cup of tea and a club milk.

His thoughts never stray far from home. The painting shows the old railway line that closed over half a century ago.

“They are making a cycle track from there to Rossbeigh,” says the man who feels privileged to be part of the St Enda’s family. And he’s as keen as ever to get up on the bike and secure more sponsorships deals for his beloved Boden.

Up in Pairc Ui Mhurchu, and on the streets of Cahersiveen, Danny Griffin will always wear the yellow jersey.