THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the inaugural LGFA Volunteer of the Year award winners.
Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across seven categories, and the awards will be presented at Croke Park on Saturday, February 17.
This new LGFA scheme recognises winners from 2017 in the following categories and the winners are as follows:
- Young Volunteer of the Year – Denis Ring – Knocknagree, Cork
- Local Journalist of the Year – Kieran Mc Carthy – Southern Star Sports Editor
- Club Coach of The Year – Marie Egan – Kilmihil, Clare
- School Coach of the Year – Laura Bannon – St John’s, Antrim
- PRO of the Year – Aisling Clery – Leinster LGFA PRO
- Committee Officer of the Year – Siobhan Condon – Munster LGFA secretary
- Overall Volunteer of the Year – Sheena Byrne – Kilcock, Kildare
The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Sheena Byrne, will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.
Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.
Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.
Sheena, from the Kilcock Ladies Football club in county Kildare, has been volunteering for 14 years and fulfils a number of roles.
Sheena is club secretary, coordinating the playing and fundraising activities for the Kilcock’s adult and juvenile sections, and remains an active playing member.
In 2004, Sheena, who’s a local schoolteacher, was responsible for setting up the club’s juvenile section and she is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills.
LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “We are really excited by the establishment of the new LGFA Volunteer awards and delighted to honour our very first winners.
“It is important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.
“We received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.
“I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.
“The awards event on Saturday, February 17, should be something to really savour and it will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”