Nominations now closed for Canon Hayes Sports Awards 2012

With the closing date for nominations for the 2012 Canon Hayes Sports awards passed since last Friday the deliberations of the judging panels for the shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Canon Hayes Awards will now take place.

“There are separate judging panels for the local, county, national/ outstanding achievement awards and they are currently meeting to consider the various nominations,” said Martin Quinn, Chairman of the Canon Hayes Centre. “2012 was a great sporting year and there is much to consider by the panels this year. The panels are tasked with producing a short list of three nominees for the local, county and national awards and with a single nominee for the outstanding achievement award. Once they have concluded their deliberations the short listed nominees will be announced. I expect that the nominees will be announced in the next issue of The Nationalist,” said Martin.

The awards were inaugurated in 1996 and the first gala event was attended by the then American Ambassador to Ireland, Ms. Jean Kennedy Smith and by the Minister for Sport, Mr. Bernard Allen, and T.D.

Over the years the Canon Hayes Sports Awards have grown in importance and significance and are now regarded as being the most prestigious of their kind in the country. This is attributed to the fact that they encompass all sporting disciplines and that they adequately reflect the top sporting achievements in any given year.

This year’s Gala Awards Banquet will take place at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort on Saturday November 24 and the awards will be presented by the Minister for Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, and T.D.

“This is the 17th year of the awards and we are delighted that they have gone from strength to strength over the years. We are very lucky to have a number of sponsors who have remained committed to the awards and have ensured that this event takes place each year. We also have support from the local business community who take out advertisements in our Souvenir Brochure and this support is also crucial to the success of the awards night,” said the sports centre Chairman.

Aside from honoring the sporting achievements of sportspeople at local, county and national/international levels, the Canon Hayes Awards Sports Awards night is also a great social occasion and this year will be no different. “There will be a drinks reception followed by a sumptuous dinner and there will be lots of entertainment on the night including a guest appearance by the Tipperary Gospel Choir and dancing to Pat & Fran Marnane. Interviews with some of our leading national sportspeople will also be a feature of the night so it is a great opportunity to hear their views on the sporting year 2012. The night will also feature the announcement of the recipient of the Volunteer in Sport Award and the nominees for this award will also be announced shortly. We are also celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Canon Hayes Centre so that will also be a feature of the night,” said Martin Quinn.

It is certain to be a great night of sport and entertainment and tickets for the Black Tie Awards Banquet are priced at €50 each and can now be reserved at the Canon Hayes Centre, telephone: 062-52022.