THE IRISH NEWS unveiled the winners today of their highly contested Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards. The Awards initiative recognizes and rewards GAA Clubs, Schools & Volunteers throughout Ulster for their commitment to gaelic games and their community irrespective of their playing ability.
Noel Doran editor Irish News, congratulated all the clubs, schools and volunteers that received awards adding that the Irish News Club & Volunteer awards are tangible proof that our clubs, our volunteers & our schools are indeed the foundation of GAA.
He added, the Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards have proven to be overwhelmingly successful as recognition for the hard work of the winning clubs, volunteers and schools. The awards are a great celebration of the vibrant communities that are created by schools, clubs and volunteers right across Ulster.
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Aogan Farrell, Ulster GAA President commented, Comhairle Uladh CLG are delighted to partner the Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards which recognise the work and vision of the GAA grassroots in Ulster. I commend the Irish News on this excellent venture and I would like to congratulate the winning clubs, volunteers and schools.
Attending the awards at the Wellington Park Hotel was Down football manager James McCartan who offered words of advice and support to the clubs, schools and volunteers attending.
The winning clubs were awarded a 1,000 Irish News development cheque & a 1,000 ONeills Sportswear voucher.
SMALL CLUB AWARD WINNER
St Mary's GAC Ahoghill
HIGHLY COMMENDED Naomh Cholmain Droiman Easa
MEDIUM CLUB AWARD WINNER
Killygarry GAA Club
HIGHLY COMMENDED Saval
LARGE CLUB AWARD WINNER Cumann Pheadair Naofa
HIGHLY COMMENDED Killyclogher St Mary's Cappagh
URBAN CLUB SPECIAL RECOGNITION CLUB AWARD
St John Bosco GAC, Newry
SMALL CLUB VOLUNTEER AWARD James McAtamney
Roger Casement's GAC
MEDIUM CLUB VOLUNTEER AWARD Noreen Keown
St Malachy's Castlewellan
LARGE CLUB VOLUNTEER AWARD John Porter
C.L.G Bun Cranncha
St Brigids Primary School, Ballymena
SCHOOL, SECOND LEVEL
St Patricks College, Bearnageeha