Clann na nGael
Clubman of the Year - 1990
In his playing days this man was described as a cold calculating defender who dared anything pass him, man or ball. He had numerous fine games for Clann, and displayed an unusual knack of taking down balls from over the crossbar. He served most of his playing days in the full back line giving some sparkling performances, none more dazzling than his display as Clann's full back for the winning of the 1947 South Championship.
Looking back to those days there are many great tussles recalled including one occasion when himself and Pete Dooley of Moore were sent to the line by Fr.Paddy Hannon, acting as referee, for what can only be described as ungentlemanly conduct. This historic event took place in Tommy Naughton's field, Moore, in the mid 1940's.
In later years, another portfolio filled admirably by him has been that of a reliable and trustworthy umpire for many of Clann's matches --- a job which he always approached in a particularly professional manner.
As a supporter he has travelled far and wide both in support of Clann na nGael and county teams of all grades, particularly if they contained a Clann element. No matter in what part of the country Clann played, he would always be there to lend his support, and assistance if required.
As a worker, this year's 'Clubman of the Year' has been second to none for many, many years. During the development years of the Club from 1968 to 1971, when Johnstown first began to take shape, he practically lived in the grounds --- working day and night. Every spare moment he had was spent at the service of the Club.
That was over twenty years ago, and as the Club now enters a new era of change and development, he is once again at the forefront ready to give totally of himself and his time.
As we now approach new developments at Johnstown, it is very fitting that this year's award winner links strongly these developments with the developments of previous decades, the value of which was only to be seen in later years, particularly during the 1980's when we hosted some of the top teams in the country.
All in all, down through the years, whether as player, umpire, supporter or worker, his dedication to the club has been absolutely superb and he has always put the Club before himself. Presently a member of the Clann na nGael Park Committee, and an endless worker for this club of ours, the very deserving winner of the '1990 Clann na nGael Clubman of the Year Award' is ...
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