Three members of the Tipperary All-Ireland minor football winning team are among the seven Nationalist award winners announced by South Tipperary Board GAA this week. The Awards, six for Players of the Year, and the premier Hall of Fame award which went to a footballer of the past are spread among six clubs with a double success recorded by Commercials whose Liam Boland is a most deserving winner of the Football Hall of Fame.
The Clonmel club’s All-Ireland minor star Michael Quinlivan got the nod over several of his team mates to take the young footballer accolade while another member of that now famous team Bill Maher from the Kilsheelan/Kilcash club is the young hurler of the year. A third all-Ireland winning minor footballer Seamus Kennedy representing the St. Marys club who last year won the young hurler award has been named as Junior/Intermediate Hurler of the Year.
The Junior/Intermediate Footballer award was won by Ballyporeen’s County senior Conor Sweeney. Mullinahone’s now County captain Paul Curran took the Hurler of the Year crown for the third time whilst the Footballer of the Year is the young star from the Moyle Rovers club Peter Acheson.
The awards will be presented at the Board’s Annual Social which will be held in Hotel Minella on Saturday, March 31. In addition to the Nationalist awards, presentations sponsored by Sureprint Ltd. will be made to the Board’s leading referees.