24 Sept 2022

My Kilkenny Life: Fran Grincell

Local lad from Ballybough Street, auctioneer, long-time sports coach and community volunteer

My Kilkenny Life: Fran Grincell

Fran Grincell

What’s your idea of a perfect day, or perfect weekend out in Kilkenny?
Watching Freebooters beat Evergreen in a local derby at the Fairgreen, finished by a visit to Reidy’s and the Marble City pubs.

Who has made the greatest contribution to Kilkenny in your lifetime - and why?
Former County Manager Paddy Donnelly is a close second to Brian Cody.
Both men helped kickstart new life and belief into a city we all love.

What’s your first Kilkenny memory?
Street soccer competitions, that we were able to organise ourselves, as young lads playing ball.

What’s your favourite part of the county - and why?
Thomastown, or maybe Graig or maybe I can give a politically correct answer and say I love it all!
What do you think gives Kilkenny its unique identity?
Our winning mentality! Sport and town planning leads the way. We are ahead of the rest.

Do you have a favourite local writer or author?
I like Angela Byrne’s of Celtic House books, but often think when Fr Frank Purcell retires, he has potential!

What’s the biggest challenge facing the county today?
Holding our focus on what makes us different and recognising that local business and communities need to be involved in our drive to our continued success.

If you had the power to change one thing in, or about Kilkenny, what would it be?
I’d have held the right to have a micro-brewery in St Francis’s Abbey, The Brewery Quarter.

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