2009 Munster GAA Awards

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Full details of the Munster GAA Awards were announced at a Press Conference in The Boardwalk Grill, Cork on Wednesday last.

The Munster GAA Awards, inaugurated in 1998, honour and acknowledge the achievements of Players, Administrators, Referees as well as a Special Merit Award while two former greats are inducted into the Munster Hall of Fame. The Awards will be presented at a Gala Banquet in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan on Saturday December 5th. next.

The Award recipients this year are

• Hurler of the Year Brendan Cummins Tipperary

• Footballer of the Year Pierce O Neill Cork

• Media Award Jim O’Sullivan Irish Examiner

• Service to Refereeing Jim Joe Landers Waterford

• Service in Education Denis Ring Blackwater Community School

• Manager of the Year Liam Sheedy Tipperary

• Club of the Year Cratloe GAA Clare

• Ladies Football Norita Kelly Cork

• Camogie Aoife Murray Cork

• Handball Shane Hedigan Cork

• Distinguished Service to the GAA Frank Murphy Cork

• Special Merit Award Tom McGarry Limerick

• Intermediate Hurling Player of Championship Leigh Desmond Cork

• Junior Football Player of the Championship Aidan Walsh Cork

• Under 21 Hurling Player of the championship Dearach Honan Clare

• Under 21 Football Player of the Championship Colm O’Neill Cork

• Minor Hurling Player of the Championship Martin O’Neill Waterford

• Minor Football Player of the Championship Philip Galvin Kerry

• Hall of Fames Hurling Seamus Durack Clare

• Hall of Fame Football John O’Keeffe Kerry

SPONSORSHIP OF AWARDS

It was also announced at the Press Conference by Jim Forbes, PRO of Munster GAA that the Munster GAA Awards are sponsored by Bord Gais Energy and he welcomed the partnership and thanked Bord Gais for their commitment to the GAA and especially to Munster GAA with their sponsorship of these Awards. Mr. Forbes congratulated all the Awards winners.

Mr. John Mullins, CEO Bord Gais said ‘’the Company was delighted to be associated with Awards that recognised significant contributions made by current players, former players, officials and others associated with our most important National games. 2009 was another excellent year for Munster GAA and The Munster Council and real credit is due to Jimmy O’Gorman and his team of Officials in continuing to provide the Munster GAA public with scintillating moments of sport’’

Present at the Press Conference were

John Mullins, CEO Bord Gais
Ger Cunningham, Sports Sponsorship Manager Bord Gais Energy
Jim Forbes, PRO Munster GAA
Enda McGuane, Deputy CEO Munster GAA

2009 GAA All Stars touring party finalised

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04.12.09

GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone Ireland, touring party to Buenos Aires finalised

Replacements added as Brian Cody and Liam Sheedy also announced as managers of the 2008 and ’09 teams

The touring party for the 2009 GAA Hurling All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, has been confirmed, with a spread of hurlers from eight counties added as replacements. Four in a row All-Ireland winning Kilkenny manager Brian Cody will manage the 2008 selection while 2009 All-Ireland final manager Liam Sheedy will oversee the challenge of the 2009 team. This year’s tour will leave Dublin on Wednesday next for the week long trip and the highlight will be provided by the clash of the two travelling teams on Saturday evening December 12 at the Hurling Club, Hurlingham, Buenos Aires.

A total of 32 players will make up the All Stars touring party and they have been drawn from eight counties. Of those, 12 players have been added as replacements, with four of those from Kilkenny, two from Waterford and one each from Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary. Kilkenny’s dominance of the hurling championship over the past four years is reflected in the inclusion of 13 of their players. Tipperary and Waterford will each have five players travelling, Galway with three, Dublin and Cork with two each and Offaly and Limerick with one each.

Four players are unable to travel due to family, work and exam commitments. They are Kilkenny’s Noel Hickey and Henry Shefflin and Tipperary’s Shane McGrath and Conor O’Mahony. Cork’s Diarmuid Kirwan, who took charge of the 2009 All Ireland Final, has been confirmed as the match referee. He will be joined on the tour by this year’s All Ireland football final referee Marty Duffy.

Speaking ahead of the tour, Uachtarán CLG Criostóir Ó Cuana said: “I am really looking forward to what is my first GAA All Stars tour as President of the Association. The All Stars tour occupies a special place in the GAA calendar as it allows us to honour the stars of the championship season for their wonderful displays while at the same time providing ex-pats with a real slice of home in the run up to Christmas. “We are going to one of the world’s top cities, where there is a strong Irish community and tradition and if the experiences of the touring party of 2002 are anything to go by, it should be a really special trip.” Consumer Director for sponsors Vodafone Carolan Lennon said: “This is Vodafone’s thirteenth year as All Stars sponsors and we are very excited about the tour. It is a great and much deserved break for the players and I have no doubt there will be a very special welcome for them from the Irish community in Buenos Aires.”

Players Travelling:

Double All Stars (2008 and 2009)

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Joe Canning (Galway)

Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny)

2008 All Stars

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny)

JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny)

Ben O’Connor (Cork)

Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny)

Eoin Kelly (Waterford)

2009 All Stars

PJ Ryan (Kilkenny)

Ollie Canning (Galway)

Padraig Maher (Tipperary)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

Alan McCrabbe (Dublin)

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

John Mullane (Waterford)

Replacements

Sean Og O’hAilpin (Cork)

Stephen Hiney (Dublin)

Fergal Moore (Galway)

Tony Browne (Waterford)

Mark Foley (Limerick)

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

Brian Carroll (Offaly)

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)

Eoin McGrath (Waterford)

Martin Comerford (Kilkenny)

Brian Hogan (Kilkenny)

Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny)

2009/2009 Hurling All Stars not travelling due to family, work and exam commitments Noel Hickey (Kilkenny Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary) Shane McGrath (Tipperary) Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

All Stars Managers:

Brian Cody (Kilkenny)

Liam Sheedy (Tipperary)

All Stars referees:

Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Munster GAA Club Day – “The Club Voice” – Killarney 2009

The Munster GAA Club Day – “The Club Voice” took place in Killarney on Saturday November 7th.

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Full details of the Munster GAA Club Day – ‘’THE CLUB VOICE’’ – to be held at the INEC/Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Saturday November 7th. were announced at a Press Conference in The Brehon Hotel, Killarney recently. Munster GAA, as part if its commitment to the Clubs in the Province, are hosting this important conference and information day and all Clubs have been invited to participate. It will give Clubs the opportunity to voice their opinions through a series of facilitated discussions, on some of the challenges and topics relevant to the Clubs.

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During the course of the day Delegates will be able to relax and visit the many Display Stands in the foyer of the INEC.Some of the key products and services within the GAA market place will be on display including Pitch maintenance: Floodlighting: Playing Gear & Equipment: Fund Raising ideas: GAA analysis systems: etc. etc.

Jimmy O’Gorman, Chairman of Munster GAA said ‘’In this the 125th. Year of the GAA, it is the first time that all Clubs in the Province are assembled together and with the comprehensive programme laid on I am certain the THE CLUB VOICE will prove beneficial to everyone. It is also an ideal opportunity to hear what clubs have to say and we will listen and take on board what they say to us. Munster GAA has always given support and assistance to Clubs and I am confident that Munster GAA Club Day 2009. will be of great benefit to all the Clubs. I would appeal to all Clubs in the Province to be part of this historic day and I look forward to meeting the Delegates from all our clubs in the Province on November 7th. Sincere thanks also to our main Speakers – Gerald Kean and Pat Spillane. They will add immensely to the Day. I wish to thank Gaelic Telecom and Patrick O’Donoghue, Managing Director, INEC for their very generous sponsorship of the Day. My sincere thanks also to the many companies who have come on board with us with Display Stands.’’

Present at the Launch were

Jimmy O’Gorman, Chairman Munster GAA: Sean Walsh, Vice Chairman Munster GAA: Michael Power, Hon. Treasurer Munster GAA: Jim Forbes, PRO Munster GAA: Pat Fitzgerald, CEO Munster GAA: Enda McGuane, Deputy CEO Munster GAA: Patrick O’Donoghue, Managing Director, INEC

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