Mayor Peter Cleere with Joe and Kathleen Pyke during the Mayor's reception PICTURE: PAT MOORE
One of Kilkenny’s longest serving and most loyal officials in sport has been honoured by Mayor Peter Cleere.
Joe Pyke, a member of Clara GAA club, was honoured by the Mayor for his outstanding contribution over many years to sporting, civic and community life in Kilkenny.
Mr Pyke was presented with a commemorative certificate by the Mayor at a reception in City Hall on Saturday.
Joe Pyke had been involved in the GAA all his life. He continues to give outstanding service to the association in his own quiet, inimitable way.
He is the Liaison Officers between the County Board and schools and colleges, and he is the logistics man behind the scenes with the Development Squads.
Joe Pyke served as chairman of Bord-na-nOg for 20 years between 1991 to 2011. Before that he served as treasurer to the Bord for five years.
He was the Bord’s delegate to the County Board for over two decades.
“It has been a journey of fun and enjoyment all the way, and it continues to be that way,” Mr Pyke said.
“The people you meet, the friends you make are for life,” he added.
During his time as Bord chairman he would have been involved with six All-Ireland winning minor hurling teams.
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