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.
Next up is our club secretary Mike Carroll. Mike is another man in a variety of roles at our Club. These days you'd just as easy catch him on the sideline as you would see his name at the bottom of the many, many emails he sends out to keep us all informed.
As you will read below Mike has also held many roles within the club stretching back over the last few decades. If you want to know anything about Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Clubs history Mike is a fountain of knowledge.
So for those of you who would like to get to know Mike a little better here is his story:
Your role at the club:
Mike has been in his current role of secretary for the last six years. Before that he had a few of other roles to say the least as Chairman, PRO, Chairman of Finance Committee, Mid Kerry Board Delegate and was also county PRO of Coiste na nÓg for ten years. Mike says that his favourite thing about his role is the interaction between other club and county board personnel. He says he was at his proudest in his current role after the 2019 Mid Kerry Championship win, that is when the picture above was taken. As the jubilation of the win carried on around him, Mike was still working hard in his role as our club secretary.
We were lucky to be able to use the same photo with Mikes profile as pictured above with his team mate Podge is Mike Carroll front and centre.
Time in the GAA:
Mikes position as a player was Corner or Wing Back.
Mikes club hero is the great Damien Murphy and at county level is the legend Charlie Nelligan. He says his favourite ground is Austin Stacks Park, Tralee and his favourite memory within the GAA is the 'Road to Croker' with Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club in 2011/2012.
Mike says that his other sporting interests when he has the chance are Rugby and Horse Racing while he graced many a soccer pitch also. His favourite sporting memories were the 1999 Champions League Final along with the Ian and Derek Twiss points in the 2001
CFL Div. 1 and Mid Kerry Championship finals.
As for Mikes sporting heroes are Steve Bruce and John Fintan Daly are the pick of the bunch.
As for life outside of sport Mike enjoys cycling and socialising. When enjoying a meal he is at his happiest with any chicken dish. After many a battle on the football pitch its not surprising his favourite film is Gladiator. A little more left field though Mike enjoys any TV show with Mary Berry in it. More on that later....
Well known to sing a song or two we are surprised to see the Wild Colonial boy not make the list but Bruce Springsteen is the man Mike enjoys listening to most and his favourite tune is the Voyage.
The Final 5:
Favourite day out in the Kingdom? – Munster Final day in Killarney
Favourite ice cream flavour – Mint
Most treasured trophy or medal? – First ever medal I won when we won the local 5 a side in
Top of your bucket list? 1. In these testing times live long enough to see my grandchildren grow
up. 2. Attend Willie Nelson’s funeral!! (It promises to be one hell of a Hooley!)
Tell us something we won’t know about you? – Fairly adept in the kitchen and I could also bake
you a decent cake! (that explains Mary Berry)
Thank You Mike
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know our Secretary Mike a little better. If you see him at the club ask him anything you want to about the history of his beloved Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club, he will enjoy the answer as much as you do.......