David Power, the manager of the Tipperary Minor Football All-Ireland winning team in 2011, has been named as the Tipperary Person of the Year for 2011 by the Tipperary Association Dublin.
The winning of the All-Ireland Minor Championship in 2011 by the county’s minor footballers was a very special and unique achievement. The victory lifted the spirits of all Tipperary people last September and it was very well received and appreciated by football fans outside of the county.
David Power, as manager of the team, worked with the players up through the ranks of under age competitions prior to reaching the final last September. Although still a very young man, he had “cut his teeth” in football management prior to taking on the minor teams.
A member of the Kilsheelan-Kilcash club, where he is currently Vice-Chairman, he started out training the under 16 and other underage teams in the club.
Around 2007 he became involved with the county under 15 football development squad. In 2009 he was asked by the then Football Board Chairman, Noel Morris, to take over the minor football team and he has managed the minor teams since. He also took over the under 16 teams and in 2010 the Tipperary under 16s won the county’s first ever Munster title at this level beating Cork in the final. He also managed the under 17 teams in 2010 and 2011.
David Power’s contribution in 2011 had led to him being awarded the Manager of the Year Award by the Munster GAA Council and the Annerville Executive Sports Award for Tipperary.
In 2011, David Power’s leadership, commitment and passion for football gave all of Tipperary a reason to celebrate what is best about our beloved county. His demeanour, his attitude and his strive for the best was key to the wining of the championship and he is well deserving of the Association’s Tipperary Person of the Year Award for 2011.
His award will be presented at the Annual Awards function to be held on Saturday 28 April 2012 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin.
The Tipperary Association Dublin Ltd.