GAA President Liam O’Neill presented the annual Maurice Davin Awards at the Carraig Hotel which honoured Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and lovsl GAA stars of the past and present.
The Maurice Davin Awards organising committee were delighted with the turnout at the gala event, which raised funds for Carrick-on-Suir Athletics club.
Tipperary hurling legends Theo English and Jimmy Doyle, Kilkenny GAA County Board Secretary Jimmy Walsh, Phil Fanning of Waterford, Tipperary South Board Chairman Michael Cooney and great grand nephew of Maurice Davin Pat Walsh were among the attendance.
Liam O’Neill, assisted by the great Jimmy Doyle, presented awards to the hurlers of the past from the four local GAA clubs.
Billy Mackey of Carrick Davins was first to be honoured followed by Billy Maher of Carrick Swan, Ned Power of Piltown GAA Club and Denis Dowley of Saint Mollerans GAA club.
Inter-county players of the past awards were won by Phil Larkin from Kilkenny, winner of five All-Ireland medals; Tipperary All-Ireland winning captain of 1964 Michael Murphy and Austin Flynn of the Waterford All-Ireland winning team of 1959. Austin’s grandson Gus accepted the award on behalf of his grandfather, who is ill at the moment.
Present day inter-county players honoured were Jackie Tyrrell of Kilkenny, winner of seven senior All-Ireland hurling medals and one club All Ireland medal with James Stephens; Tipperary corner back Cathal Barrett, winner of the All-Stars Young Hurler of the Year award for 2014 and Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keefe, who was responsible for the penalty rule change this year when he encroached an Anthony Nash penalty.
The Young Hurler of the Year Award went to Eoin Kenny of Slieverue, who won a minor All-Ireland with Kilkenny in 2014.
Waterford legend Ken McGrath was awarded for his contribution to hurling. County Board Chairmen Sean Nugent of Tipperary, Tom Cunningham of Waterford and Ned Quinn of Kilkenny also received awards.
Maurice Davin Awards Committee member Niall Ryan said they were indebted to the three GAA County Boards for their help and support.
“Sean Nugent and Tom Cunningham are both outgoing chairmen and the Committee wishes them the best of luck with their future endeavours. The Committee was also delighted to have new chairmen Michael Bourke of Tipperary and PJ Ryan of Waterford in attendance.”
Liam O’Neill, who finishes his term as GAA President in February, was also honoured with a Maurice Davin award.
Maurice Davin Awards Committee member and MC for the awards ceremony Paddy Finucane presented Mr O’Neill with a book of prose and poetry by Carrick writer Michael Coady.
The final award went to Paul Norris of the Carraig hotel. “Three years ago Paul gave the awards ceremony a home and financial support and it is for these reasons the Committee can bring the awards to the local people while raising much needed funds for local charities and volunteer organisations,” said Niall Ryan.