Chairperson of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Martin Quinn, has been selected as the Tipperary Association Dublin’s (TAD) Person of the Year for 2012. The former national president of Muintir na Tire was selected for his numerous achievements in local, community and sporting groups according to Liam Myles, president of TAD. He follows in the footsteps of great Bansha natives who have won this award previously – Seamus McCarthy and John Lonergan.
“Martin Quinn’s list of involvement and achievements in local, community and sporting groups – at parish, town, county and national level - is most impressive and reflects a lifetime of dedicated service to others as a volunteer.”
“Martin fulfills the old adage, if you want something done ask a busy person. It is fitting then that the TAD recognises the supreme efforts of Martin Quinn, ‘Mr Volunteer’ of Tipperary.
Referring to Mr Quinn’s achievements and community involvement, Mr Myles said they were comprehensive record of unselfish dedication over many years.
Over the years Mr Quinn has been involved in all levels of Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun’s GAA Club; has held several positions on West Tipperary GAA Board; has been a GAA referee; has been on the Parish Council;l has been involved in youth groups at parish, county and national level; has been a board member and presenter with Tipperary Mid-West Radio; and has helped out many charities and Special Olympics
Martin has also been honoured by the Mayor and Tipperary Town Council for his outstanding contribution and service to Tipperary.
And currently he is chairman of South Tipp Local Development (Leader) Company; vice chair of South Tipperary Sports Partnership; honorary secretary of Tipperary International Peace Convention; organiser and presenter of International Peace Award Ceremony; director Global Peace Foundation Ireland; chairman of Canon Hayes Recreation Centre in Tipperary Town; and is member of several community and other volunteer groups
He is also honorary secretary of the Tipperary Peace Convention which incorporates the International Peace Award. This has proven to be a major success putting Tipperary to the forefront in the international arena.
He is also a founder member of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre which marked 25 years in existence last year – a major achievement by any standards. The Centre gives employment and caters for a wide audience of users from all walks of life in Tipperary town and environs.
In his role with the centre, Martin initiated the Canon Hayes Sports Scholarships in 1996, which encourages and develops the sporting skills of talented young people in the area.
He served as President of Muintir na Tíre from 2008 to 2011. Through his involvement with Muintir na Tíre he continues to promote the values of the founder Canon Hayes and continues to work for and preserves the importance of rural life.
Mr Quinn said he was delighted to accept the great honour.
“The fact that you are honoured by ‘your own’ makes it all the more appreciated, he said. He thanked the Tipperary Association Dublin for the honour.
“The prime motivation in helping others through the various volunteer roles he played and continues to play came from the life , work and example of the late Canon Hayes who founded Muintir na Tíre.”
The Tipperary Person of the Year Award will be presented at the Association’s Annual Awards dinner on Saturday 25 May 2013 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin.
Further information from Liam Myles 087 2866018 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the awards dinner are available from:
Pat Ryan, Honorary Secretary, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. 087 6376663