Club’s glowing tribute to double All-Ireland winner

Spa GAA stalwart Michael Gleeson with his wife Kathleen

SPA GAA Club has paid tribute to Cllr Michael Gleeson, a dedicated clubman, who has announced his retirement from political life after a long career as a public representative.

In a statement, the club said it noted his decision with a mixture of regret and gratitude.

During his football days, Michael represented Spa with pride in the green and gold of Kerry, winning two All-Ireland senior football medals. He was equally proud of his successes with Spa, including winning seven East Kerry Senior Football Championship (O’Donoghue Cup) medals.

“He continued to represent us well during almost 40 years of outstanding public service,” the club said.

The Spa GAA crest highlights the natural beauty of the area with its hills, rivers, lakes, fertile valleys and woods and maintaining such assets in pristine condition was a high priority for Michael Gleeson.

“He wished that we would have a healthy and varied environment to enjoy and to pass on to future generations. 

“His efforts have led to huge improvements to our town and district. Judicious use of his councillor’s allocation and his advancing of local improvement schemes mean that many of our roads are more comfortable and safer,” the Spa club statement read.

“Of particular significance to Spa GAA are the improved access road to our pitch, the erection of public lighting at the entrance and the new surface on the road from Spa Bridge to our field. Many other roads, from Gortdromakerrie to Kilbrean, bear the imprint of his work,” the club added.

Club officials noted that Michael took particular pride in getting the roundabout at Lissivigeen named in honour of Spa-Muckross Olympian Gillian O’Sullivan.