The Irish News unveiled the winners of their highly contested Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards which recognises and rewards GAA Schools, Clubs & Volunteers throughout Ulster for their commitment to Gaelic Games and their community irrespective of their playing ability.
Now in it’s 15th year, this year’s Awards are revamped to recognise the work that Clubs are doing in the areas of Club Engagement, Underage Development, Coaching, Irish Language, Health Fitness and Wellbeing.
Brian McAvoy Ulster GAA CEO 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.’
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 the 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.’
Attending the awards at the Wellington Park Hotel was winning Sigerson Cup coach Paddy Tally who talked about the importance of clubs and schools working together in partnership.
The winning clubs were awarded a £500 Irish News development cheque and £500 O’Neills Sportswear voucher.
Post Primary – St Joseph’s Boy School Derry
Primary School of the Year – Millennium IPS
Irish Language – Killeevan Sarsfields GAA, Monaghan
Underage Initiative – Killinkere GFC Cavan
Coaching Initiative – Saint Mary’s High School Limavady