So first up for anyone who doesn't know let me introduce our Club Chairman, as he says himself Patrick Michael Leane to the bank manager, Podge to everyone else.
Podge is our club chairman and also performs many other duties now and has done over the years. You are just as likely to find him at the centre of the table at the monthly committee meetings as you are to find him running our clubs weekly 31 cards night, training a juvenile teams and much more besides. If the lights are on of an evening down at our GAA grounds, the chances are Podge is either inside or he turned them on.
So for those of you who would like to get to know Podge a little better here is his story:
Your Role at the Club:
I am the Chairperson of Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club, I am in my 6th Year. Other roles I ahve held are coaching officer, coached all underage levels and senior selector 2010.
My favourite thing about my role is working with so many great people for the good of the Club.
The proudest moment in my current role was seeing the sod turned on the new training ground. Looking forward to topping that shortly with the completion of the main pitch.
Your time in the GAA:
My position as a player was Goalkeeper.
My club hero is a tough question there were so many greats over the years but I'd have to start with Willie Maher. Willie was up there with Mikey Sheehy and Maurice fitzgerald in terms of skill.
Mike Colgan also, my fullback when I played as senior goalkeeper and the best fielder of a ball there ever was. Finally the Late John Burke who inspired me and others of my generation to play football through his enthusiasm and love of the game. A Gentleman and a great loss r.i.p. My county hero was the great John Egan.
My favourite grounds would be Croke Park and at home here in Paddy Burke Park.
I have many fond memories but Milltown/Castlemaine winning the All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship in 2012 has to be top of the pile. Also James 'the Colonel' O Sullivan filling a cup with Red lemonade for us when we won a mid kerry U14 B. Sadly the bar is no more.
I enjoy soccer both playing and watching. My favourite memory in that sport was the 1979 FA Cup Final when Arsenal beat United 3-2. The last 4mins was best ever finish to a game.
My hero would have to be Denis Bergkamp. Did I play any other sports, I did a bit of fly fishing once upon a time.
As far as pastimes go I haven't the time outside of GAA, ha ha. Have loads of books to catch up on.
My favourite meal has to be the Sunday morning fry.
In terms of what to watch my favourite movie is the Green Mile and TV show Friends. The band I like would pick as my number 1 definitely Queen and my No.1 song of all time Bohiemian Rhaspody.
The best holiday I've been on a trip to the USA.
The Final 5:
Favourite day out in the Kingdom? Munster final day in Killarney
Favourite ice cream flavour - Vanilla. Can't beat a cone on a Summers day
Most treasured trophy or medal? Mid kerry minor championship medal 1984. Because it was centenary year of the GAA it came in a special presentation box & you could never win one again.
Top of your bucket list? - Find the next Chairperson of the Club!!
Tell us something we won’t know about you? I was born in London just up the road from Highbury.
Thank You Podge
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know our Chairman Podge Leane a little better. If you see him at the club make sure to say hello.