Colette O’Reilly – A  GAA ‘superwoman’

Colette O’Reilly continues to give incredible voluntary service to Gracefield GAA club after more than a quarter of a century of involvement.

When Colette stepped down after 17 years as secretary of the Laois-border club in January 2019, she was described on social media as a ‘GAA superwoman’. Within 12 months, she was back as secretary and is now coming up on 20 years in the role. The Killeigh native’s dedication and commitment to her adopted club hasn’t been compromised by a busy family life. The mother-of-eight and grandmother-of-18 has always given Gracefield GAA 110%.

I have good people workimg with me

“It gives me something to do in my spare time,” Colette modestly says.

“It’s easy when you have good people working with you. That’s three-quarters of the battle. I learned from the best and thankfully most of these people are still very involved. I also get great support from my family. I love the GAA and meeting people who share the same passion for it. I never miss a Gracefield match – even when I took a year out, I was still there supporting the lads. The GAA is all about loyalty and respect.

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