Clonmel Town's Paddy Turner voted top Volunteer in Sport for forty years service

Clonmel Town's Paddy Turner voted top Volunteer in Sport for forty years service

Top volunteer Clonmel Town's Paddy Turner with fellow club man Michael Maher and TSDL officer Richard Power.



Clonmel Town is one of the top junior soccer clubs in the country with a proud record of success in the TSDL, in Munster and of course as a winner of the top prize in Irish junior soccer, the FAI Junior Cup.

And the club readily accepts that it couldn't have achieved so much success without unsung heroes off the pitch who contribute as much as the players on it.

And one of those is certanly Paddy Turner who won the Volunteer in Sport award at the prestigious Canon Hayes National Sports awards in Tipperary town.

Paddy has dedicated over forty years services to to the club and during that time he has been one of their most loyal servants.

He has served on the club committee for the past thirty years and is truly one of the unsung heroes of the club.  

Paddy accepts his award from Sport Ireland's Mary Dorgan, with Martin Quinn, Canon Hayes Centre chairman; and Valerie Connolly, Tipperary Sports Partnership.

On match day, Paddy can be seen as linesman or behind the goal performing ball boy duties and he rarely misses a game.  

Paddy is a bus driver and for away games he waives his fee from his employer so there is no additional cost to the club. 

 He covers the office in the Sports Complex and he also stays late to lock up the facility.  

He is also a top fundraiser Clonmel Town and he sold 4,730 tickets alone for the Joker Poker initiative. 

 He epitomises the description of a volunteer in any club and Clonmel Town FC would not be the club they are if it wasn't for Paddy.

He has made a real difference to countless people who have grown up, played and passed through the club.  Not only has he made an outstanding contribution to Clonmel Town but also to soccer in Tipperary.

Paddy received a wonderful reception when he was announced as the winner from a host of other worthy nominees at the Tipperary event.

He said he was only too happy to serve his beloved Clonmel Town in any way he could.