The diversity of talents which find expression in the activities of the GAA was strikingly highlighted at the annual Laochra Sean Ghael Awards presentation at The Dome, Semple Stadium on Sunday.
Instigated by the late John Moloney, Galtee Rovers, All-Ireland referee, the awards, now in their eleventh year, salute the contribution of people, all seventy years or over, to the association in the course of their lifetime.
Including Sunday’s recipients, 395 people have been honoured since the inauguration of the awards in 2003.
Some were outstanding players in their time, such as Tipperary All-Ireland hurling captain, Tony Wall, 1971 All-Ireland hurling goalkeeper, Peter O’Sullivan of Cashel or County and Railway Cup footballer, Niall O Dea of Templemore and Thurles.
Others distinguished themselves in handball circles, Michael “Boysie” Hogan, Nenagh and Paddy Doherty, Carrick-on-Suir; Borrisoleigh’s Mary Kenny won recognition for her huge contribution to Scor while such as Michael O’Meara, Clonmel Commercials, secretary of the organising committee up to this year, is a former South Board secretary, author of the South Board’s history and a regular contributor to local radio and newspapers on GAA affairs.
Also feted was Tess McGrath of Loughmore, whose husband and family all made a huge contribution to Gaelic games in the parish and whose grandsons, Noel, John, and Liam are current members of Tipperary teams.
The awards were presented by Miceal O Muirceartaigh.