2009 Munster GAA Awards

PRESS RELEASE

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