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Translink Young GAA Volunteer Of The Year Award

Translink and Ulster GAA launched the Young GAA Volunteer of the Year Award celebrated 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.

Therefore, we encouraged all Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie, Rounders and Handball clubs across Ulster to nominate young people aged 14-24 years old whose actions best demonstrate the volunteering ethos and community spirit of the Association.

The full list of nominations can be seen here: https://ulster.gaa.ie/youngvolunteeraward/nominees/

Niamh Rafferty, winner of the Translink and Ulster GAA Young GAA Volunteer of the Year Award.

A panel of experts met virtually to select one overall winner of the year and 19-year-old Niamh Rafferty, from St Brenda’s Camogie Club, Ballymacnab, Co. Armagh was recognised by winning the Translink and Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year Award.

Niamh impressed the judging panel for her dedication and hard work that best represented the volunteering ethos and community spirit of the Association over the last 12 months.

Niamh 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). She will also receive a free set of Translink-sponsored underage jerseys for her club.

14-year-old Étain Devlin, of Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club in Lurgan, was also highly commended for the breadth of volunteering and commitment to her club and wider community over the last year.

Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteers

  • 2020 Winners

    Young Volunteer of Year 2020

    Niamh Rafferty, winner of the Translink and Ulster GAA Young GAA Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Niamh Rafferty’s passion for her club was recognised by winning the Translink and Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year Award for 2020. 

    19-year-old Niamh, from St Brenda’s Camogie Club, Ballymacnab, Co. Armagh was presented with the prestigious award remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The Young Volunteer Award celebrates the outstanding contribution made by young members of the Association aged 14-24 to their clubs and communities in the last season and throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A panel of experts met virtually to select one overall winner of the year and Niamh came out on top; she impressed the judging panel for her dedication and hard work that best represented the volunteering ethos and community spirit of the Association over the last 12 months.

    14-year-old Étain Devlin, of Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club in Lurgan, was also highly commended for the breadth of volunteering and commitment to her club and wider community over the last year.

    Étain Devlin, of Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club in Lurgan, was also highly commended.

    Congratulating Niamh on her award, David Curry, General Manager Bus Services at Translinksaid:

    “This award was developed to celebrate the outstanding contribution made by young members of?Ulster GAA to their clubs and communities in the last season and throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It was incredible to see the level of commitment Niamh has given especially during such a challenging year. From underage coaching to organising lockdown activities for younger club members, Niamh’s work during the last 12 months has no doubt been invaluable.”

    Ulster GAA President, Oliver Galligan added:

    “Niamh embodies what the GAA is all about – she is a self-motivated volunteer with a love for the game and a willingness to help and encourage others. Through her work as a support coach, committee member and co-ordinator of the club’s lockdown videos, Niamh has shown a fantastic passion for her club which has been recognised in the club’s appointment of her as Social Media Officer. She demonstrates GAA integration at its best – the GAA for all! We are delighted to present this prestigious award to this outstanding young volunteer from St. Brenda’s.”

    St Brenda’s Club Secretary Kathleen O’Hare also commended Niamh on her award:

    “Niamh has shown herself to be an enthusiastic, up-and-coming volunteer, who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of sport within our club. She has done this both on the playing field via her role as support coach, at the committee table via her role as committee member and on her mobile phone via her role as initiator and co-ordinator of the ‘lock-down’ club videos.”

  • 2019 Winners

    Young Volunteer of Year 2019

    The recipient of the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2019 is 15-year-old Ciaran McGinley from Naomh Éanna GAA Glengormley. Ciaran wins the prestigious award in recognition of his spectacular effort in developing Ladies Gaelic in his club.

    NOVEMBER 2019 WINNER

    Padraig Doyle, from St Mary’s GAA, Granemore has been awarded Translink Young GAA Volunteer for November for his impressive commitment to assisting with coaching in his Armagh club.

    OCTOBER 2019 WINNER

    A dedicated young volunteer has won the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month for October in recognition for her unwavering support and assistance to her club. Sarah Leonard, from St Brigid’s Ladies, impressed the judging panel with her patience, dependability and hardwork, even during exam time!

    SEPTEMBER 2019 WINNER

    An inspirational young Gael has been awarded the Translink Young Volunteer for September. Jamie Black from Latton O’Rahilly’s in Co. Monaghan beat off stiff competition from across Ulster for this prestigious award following his outstanding contribution to his club, reinvigorating hurling in the club.

    AUGUST 2019 WINNER

    A 24-year-old man, Adam Grimes, has been awarded Translink Young GAA Volunteer for August for his mammoth contribution to his club Killanny, Co Monaghan.

    JULY 2019 WINNER

    The Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month for July has been awarded to Erin Byrne, following inspirational volunteering at her club Saval GAC, County Down. 14 year old Erin Byrne has been volunteering with her club for some time now and during July excelled with the time and contribution she made to her club.

    JUNE 2019 WINNER

    15 year old Ciaran McGinley has won the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month for June for his spectacular effort in developing Ladies Gaelic in his club. Ciaran, from St Enda’s GAC Glengormley, impressed the judging panel for his dedication and hard work to developing the women’s code while playing Gaelic Football himself.

    MAY 2019 WINNER

    Ciaran Foster, 19, from Moy Tír na nÓg in Tyrone has been selected as Translink Young Volunteer for May 2019. Ciaran has made a significant impact in his club ever since a bad injury ended his playing career at a young age.

    APRIL 2019 WINNER

    Corin McMonagle, 21,  from St Mary’s GAC Slaughtmanus, Derry has been awarded Translink Young Volunteer for April. Corin is heavily involved in his club in Slaughtmanus as a player and volunteer coach in the local primary school and also for a number of underage teams.

    Young Volunteer of Year 2018

    The overall winner of the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year award was Cathal Mercer, 23, from Tir na nOg, Portadown.

  • 2018 Winners

    DECEMBER 2018 WINNER

    Translink and Ulster GAA presented the Young Volunteer of the Month for December award to twin sisters from Cushendall. Emer and Áine Quinn, 17-year-old siblings from Ruairí Óg GAC were given the prize in recognition of their outstanding contribution to both club and community.

    NOVEMBER 2018 WINNER

    Meabh Kelly from Patrick Sarsfield GAC and Ava Finnegan from St Paul’s GAC, Belfast are the joint winners of the November Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Month award. This month’s award, recognises two young volunteers who demonstrated the real impact that can be made through volunteering together in sport. In recognition of this, Meabh and Ava are the first ever joint winners of the award.

    SEPTEMBER 2018 WINNER

    Lára Goldrick from Naomh Treasa GAC Belfast is the September winner of the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Month award. Twenty-four year-old Lára was selected as the winner following nominations from clubs across Ulster. The judging panel were particularly struck by her fundraising efforts, as well as her commitment to both playing and coaching.

    AUGUST 2018 WINNER

    Shannon Carroll from the St John Bosco club in Newry is the latest winner of the Translink Ulster GAA Volunteer of the Month award. Shannon came out on top of nominations from clubs across Ulster. The judges were struck by her commitment to youth work and fundraising, both of which she does alongside playing for the senior ladies’ football team.

    JUNE 2018 WINNER

    Christopher Rice from Latton O’Rahilly GAA in County Monaghan has been awarded the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer award for June 2018.

    MAY 2018 WINNER

    A hardworking club secretary from St.Enda’s Derrymacash has been awarded the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Month award for May 2018. Niamh McCarthy (23) was nominated in recognition of the time and energy she commits as a member of the club committee, as well as being a playing member of both the senior camogie team and the ladies Gaelic football team.

    APRIL 2018 WINNER

    A hardworking PRO from Tír-na-nÓg GFC, Portadown has been awarded the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Month award for April 2018. Cathal Mercer (23), who has transformed match reporting for the club, was nominated in recognition of the time and energy he commits to both attending games and keeping the Tír-na-nÓg’s membership across the world updated on results and fixtures.

    MARCH 2018 WINNER

    A coach from Moneymore GAC has been awarded the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Month award for March 2018. Emmett Crozier (23), who is the lead coach of the minor team, was nominated by his club in recognition of his commitment and the time he dedicates to training, motivating and developing the club’s under-age squad.

  • 2017 Winners

    Young Volunteer of Year 2017

    Fifteen-year-old Sean Kelly, a member of St. Gall’s GAA Club in Belfast has been announced as the overall winner of the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year Award for 2017.

    2017 TRANSLINK ULSTER GAA YOUNG VOLUNTEER WINNERS:

    DECEMBER 2017 WINNER

    Ulster GAA in association with Translink has selected an 18 year-old Gael from Mayobridge GAC as the winner of the Translink Young Volunteer Award for December 2017. Nicole Keenan impressed judges with a nomination which detailed an exceptional level of commitment and passion for culture within her GAA club.

    NOVEMBER 2017 WINNER

    23 year old Tomas McCaffrey has been awarded the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month Award for November 2017, following a nomination from his club which demonstrated his outstanding contribution to the Enniskillen Gaels club.

    OCTOBER 2017 WINNER

    An inspirational young GAA volunteer from Killanny has won the Translink Young Volunteer of the Month Award for October. Following a recent illness, twenty two year old Andrew Kieran has been an outstanding role model for all young people and a symbol of hope for all those battling sickness within the GAA community.

    SEPTEMBER 2017 WINNER

    An inspiring young GAA volunteer from Ardoyne Kickhams Ladies GAC picked up the prestigious Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month award for September. Sixteen year old Laura Vernon has been described as an inspiration and mentor to younger members of her club.

    AUGUST 2017 WINNER

    Ulster GAA in association with Translink has unearthed an outstanding young GAA volunteer from Killeavy GAA, Co Armagh. 24 year old Cliodhna McAteer has been awarded the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Month Award for August 2017 following a nomination from her club which demonstrated her outstanding contribution to Killeavy GAA.

    JULY 2017 WINNER

    A young 15 year old GAA volunteer from Mountnugent GAA, Co Cavan has been awarded the prestigious Translink Young GAA Volunteer Award for July. Pictured receiving his award from Diarmaid Marsden, Head of Club and Community Development Department, Ulster GAA and Sean Falls, Service Delivery Manager, Translink is July winner Ned Brunton.

    JUNE 2017 WINNER

    St Gall’s GAC Belfast young volunteer Sean Kelly Junior has been awarded the Translink Young GAA Volunteer Award for June. He is pictured here receiving his award from Sharon Haughey-Grimley, Ulster GAA and Sean McGreevy, Translink.

    MAY 2017 WINNER

    20 year old Pádraigín Kelly from Loughmacrory GAA won the Translink Young GAA Volunteer Award for May, pictured with Sean Falls, Service Delivery Manager, Translink and Ciaran McLaughlin, Ulster GAA

    APRIL 2017 WINNER

    16 Year old Sarah Malone from Aghaderg GFC, Camogie & Ballyvarley HC  receiving her award with Donal Moran, Chairman Aghaderg GAC, Mark Mullan, Assistant Service Delivery Manager, Translink and Diarmaid Marsden, Head of Club & Community Development, Ulster GAA.

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