The death has occurred of Rita Brady (Navan AC). Rita’s involvement with athletics goes back nearly fifty years to 1969 and the De La Salle Athletic Club which was attached to the local school in the town where she competed as part of teams for road races. However her main involvement at the time was in administration – a task that she was still involved in at club and county level until her recent illness.
Rita was one of the founder members of Navan AC when the club was formed in October 1973 and became their first secretary. She has been chairperson of the club on a number of occasions in the intervening years as well. Rita and the committee members of Navan AC had, shortly after their formation, the dream of an athletic facility for the town of Navan that would be the envy of many clubs. In 1981 the first stage in that project came to fruition with the opening of the Claremont Stadium grounds in a joint venture between Navan AC and Parkvilla FC.
As the Millennium approached Rita and the committee realised that an improved facility was needed so they sought to develop an 8-lane tartan track. In 1999 work began on the laying down of the tartan track and the rest is history.
In between the fund raising and development for the Claremont Stadium Project Rita found time to be NACAI National Juvenile Secretary from 1974-78, Coaching Secretary to the National Senior NACAI Board, National NACAI Secretary for thirteen years, National President NACAI for three years, a member of the Board of AAI, a member of the AAI Finance Committee, Treasurer of Meath AAI and finally back to been a committee member of Navan AC – a position she filled with the same great enthusiasm and efficiency that she had when she began her love affair with the administration of athletics almost fifty years earlier.
To Rita’s family and friends Meath county board would like to extend our sincerest sympathy and that as a mark of respect the county board meeting scheduled for Wednesday 5th April will be postponed and held at a later date.
Rita is reposing at her home in Simonstown from 4pm until 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with removal to St. Oliver’s Church for Funeral Mass at 10.30am Thursday with burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
May she Rest in Peace.