Clann na nGael
Clubman of the Year - 1992
This year's winner of the award has shown exemplary dedication to the Club as a whole over a number of years, having worked for a long period in the background doing valuable work mainly with underage players, but in recent years has spread his wings to include a very demanding and time consuming senior club officer position, while at the same time continuing his high level of involvement at underage level.
He first became involved in 1982 when he single handedly set about organising and successfully starting underage hurling in Clann na nGael, no mean feat in a Club so football oriented. By 1984 with the help of local enthusiasts his efforts already began to show results with Clann competing in their first hurling championship as a Clann na nGael / Padraig Pearses selection qualified for the County Semi-Final of the Under-16 Championship, in which Clann were amazingly the dominant partner. A year later Clann fielded Under-14 and Under-16 hurling teams in the championship and joined with Padraig Pearses at minor level, and in 1987 fielded an Under-12 championship side for the first time. 1987 also saw Clann players emerge as some of the top young hurlers in Roscommon and even in Connaught, with one player winning the Connaught National Schools Hurling and Football Skills Award. This, however, was only the start of the Clann underage hurling story under his guidance, and within twelve months the Under-12s qualified for the County Final losing out to a strong Roscommon Gaels side, while at the same time Summerhill, Cornafulla and Ardkeenan National Schools were also reaping the reward with the latter winning out their section in the schools competition.
In 1989, after seven years of hard work by a few individuals headed by this year's 'Clubman of the Year', Clann won their first hurling competition, the Under-14 Community Games Hurling Final. In that year the Club also had representatives on the Padraig Pearses Senior Hurling Championship side and County Under-16 and Minor Hurling Teams. Clann na nGael underage hurling was finally coming of age, but we had to wait another twelve months before the long awaited first county championship success as Clann na nGael became the 1990 Under-14 (B) Hurling County Champions.
During these years of intense service to the young hurlers of Clann, he also served as Minor Board Secretary for a number of years in the mid 1980s and has been a member of the Club Executative since 1984, while still finding time to maintain a long and distinguished career as a top class hurling and football referee. Then at the 1990 Club AGM he became even further involved when he took on the responsibility of a demanding and time consuming Senior Club Officer post, a position in which he now enters his 3rd year.
Having been an outstanding hurler in his day winning 2 All-Ireland Junior Hurling Medals with Roscommon (1965,1974), 1 Connaught Club Hurling Championship Medal (1977) and a total of 9 Senior Hurling County Championship Medals (1960-1980), it is interesting to note that his first championship medals were not won on the hurling field, as in 1957 he won a Juvenile (U-16) Football County Championship Medal and two years later won a Minor Football County Championship Medal with St.Patricks.
The winner of the '1992 Clann na nGael Clubman of the Year Award' is none other than the legendary Tremane hurler, outstanding hurling and football referee, Clann underage hurling wizard and Clann na nGael Senior Club Secretary
Back to Annual Awards
Back to Clann na nGael Home Page