Étain Devlin of Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club Lurgan has been highly commended in the Translink Young GAA Volunteer Of The Year Award.
She was nominated by the club’s Underage Secretary Kirsty Donnelly, who hailed Étain as “a priceless member of Sean Treacy’s and the wider community.”
Étain will receive a Highly Commended certificate, £150 worth of O’Neill’s teamwear/equipment for the Sean Treacy’s Club, and her own Ulster GAA Young Volunteer merchandise.
“Étain is a very busy girl,” said Kirsty of 14-year-old Étain’s voluntary efforts. “At just 12 she began volunteering at underage training sessions on a weekly basis and quickly became apart of the GoldMark scheme working up over 100 hours in no time at all. In between studying, playing club and county sport and working part time, Étain would be found on the field coaching the U-7.5’s who look up to her as a star!”
“As well as coaching, Étain always helps at our blitzes by setting up pitches, refereeing, and taking a team of little ones nearly every weekend. With lockdown greatly reducing her coaching and training hours, Étain has committed herself to helping those most vulnerable in the community during the pandemic. In her time, she has made masks for the community and key workers, does weekly shopping and errands for her shielding mother.”
Kirsty continued:” If all this isn’t enough Étain has tweaked her role in Sean Treacy’s to help keep spirits up during lockdown. She has created online quiz sessions for members, friends and families and made brilliant skills videos for the underage groups to enjoy. Keen to continue her development in the GAA world she has dedicated herself to online training webinars with Martin Fogarty and committed to the role of PRO Óg for St Enda’s Camogie Club.”
“All in all, Étain is a fantastic and appreciated part of our Sean Treacy’s family and we hope she will stick around to share her talents for years to come.”
The Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Year Award celebrates the outstanding contribution made by young members of the association to their clubs and communities throughout the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year, more than most, it was important to recognise the young people who have risen to the test in what has been an extremely challenging year for our clubs and communities.
All Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie, Rounders and Handball clubs across Ulster were encouraged to nominate young people aged 14-24 years old whose actions best demonstrate the volunteering ethos and community spirit of the Association.
Ulster GAA received a brilliant response from clubs for the Translink Young Volunteer Of The Year Award, and we thank to all clubs for their submissions. A full list of nominations can be seen here – https://ulster.gaa.ie/youngvolunteeraward/nominees/
The winner of the Translink Young GAA Volunteer Of The Year Award will be announced in the coming days. They will receive a certificate & specially commissioned Volunteer of the Year merchandise from Ulster GAA and, courtesy of Translink, a voucher for complimentary Enterprise Class travel for two people to Dublin (for use in the future). They’ll also receive a free set of Translink-sponsored underage jerseys for their club.