GAA President's Awards for Liam O Laochdha & Bill Harte
Liam O Laochdha (Youghal GAA) and Bil Harte (Carbery Rangers GAA) will be presented with a GAA President's Awards at a special banquet in Croke Park this evening (LIVE on TG4 from 7.30pm).
The awards, organised with the support of Club Championship sponsors AIB and broadcast by TG4, are staged annually by the GAA and provide the GAA President with an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding commitment and long service across the club, and county network from people whose highly valued contribution may not be recognised on the national stage.
The awards are made on a provincial and code basis. As well as Gaeilge, Education and International Awards, the presentation of the annual Dermot Earley Family Award will also be made.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail, who will present the awards at tonight’s event, said: “We organise this event every year to highlight some of the individuals across the wider GAA family who make a colossal contribution to the health and wellbeing of the games.
“Many of those being honoured this evening will not be well known outside their clubs and communities – if at all. However, you can be sure that they are highly valued at home for everything they do and people like them exist and work tirelessly in every club, both around Ireland and around the world. This is our way of acknowledging and thanking them for all they do to promote and bolster our games week-in, week-out, year-in, year-out.
“I would like to acknowledge AIB and Denis O’Callaghan, Head of Branch Banking AIB, for their ongoing support of these awards.
“Míle buíochas also to TG4 and to Alan Esslemont, Ard Stiúrthóir for their assistance in helping us to bring these awards to the widest audience possible.”
GAEILGE AWARD – Liam Ó Laochdha, Youghal GAA Club, Co Cork
Liam Ó Laochdha, a retired Irish teacher, has devoted his life to the promotion of Gaelic games, Irish language and culture through his involvement in Scór in the town of Youghal, East Cork and beyond. Over the course of more than 50 years he has represented his Club as a player, manager and selector, held all officer positions, was well-known as a renowned referee and was a member of Cork County Board as Oifigeach Gaeilge from 2010 – 2012. A well-known raconteur and balladeer, who hails from a highly active GAA family, he is revered within his club and wider community. Tá áit speisíalta bainte amach aige in a chlub féin agus i saol CLG go ginerálta.
Bill Harte, Carbery Rangers GAA, Cork
Bill Harte has been involved with Carbery Rangers since his playing days stretching back to the 1950s. In the period since he has occupied virtually every role on offer as well as serving on the General Purposes Committee of the West Cork Board. His retirement as a player saw him pursue a refereeing and coaching career with no little success. He helped drive the publication of the History of Carbery Rangers and has also been instrumental in the enhancement of facilities and as well as showing a keen interest in Scór.