It is always a special occasion for a school when a well known past pupil returns to visit. Such was the case on Friday last when local Professional Footballer Richie Ryan dropped in to visit the children and staff in Holy Family NS in Templetuohy.
Richie was accompanied by members of his family who helped him to carry the dazzling array of silverware he brought with him to show to the children:
the 2 ½ foot high FAI Challenge Cup which he won with Sligo Rovers when they defeated Shamrock Rovers recently
The E.A Cup which was won on beating Monaghan Town 1-0
Player of the Year trophy won with Sligo Rovers in 2010.
Mrs Meehan warmly welcomed her past pupil Richie to the school and congratulated him on his huge success to date in the world of football. She recalled Richie’s time as a pupil in the school as being a well behaved student, always very neat and tidy with his work. He had a great talent in sport and particularly in football, a talent that was quickly picked up by the ‘powers that be’ He is, she said, ‘a wonderful role model for the local children of today’, whether that be Football or GAA.
Career to date:
Whilst playing with Templemore Schoolboys FC Richie went to Belvedere FC.
At age 13, he won the Kennedy Cup with DDSL.
When he was 16 years old he went to Sunderland. During the 4 years spent there he played in the Premiership in England against Newcastle and Arsenal at the age of 17.
He went to Scunthorpe FC for a period of 12 months, and then moved on to Boston UTD for a further 12 months. From there he progressed to Royal Anthwerp in Belgium for a period of 12 months.
At the age of 22 he returned home to play for Sligo Rovers. He’s now going into his 4th season with the club.
In the year 2010 alone, Richie received the following awards;
Player of the Year, Goal of the Month, Man of the Match. He also won the Sligo Rovers Supporters Player of the Year. Certainly impressive !
Hopefully he will have as good a season in 2011.
Richie is a well grounded young man with his feet firmly on the ground in every sense of the word. His family and friends are all so proud of him and wish him all the best in future years.
Richie posed for lots of photos with the delighted children, amongst them were cousins Darren and Caoimhe Sweeney.