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Federation of Irish Sport Announces the 32 County Award Recipients for the 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards

  • 32 County award winners named
  • Supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships
  • Unprecedented entries and over 50 sports nominated
  • #dedicatedtothededicated

Friday February 9th, 2024: The Federation of Irish Sport today announced the list of recipients for the 2023 Volunteers in Sports Awards, celebrating the depth and breadth of volunteering in sporting communities nationwide. Supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships these dedicated volunteers will be celebrated at a national awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 29th February 2024. The invited special guest speaker is Minister Thomas Byrne, Minster of State with responsibility for Sport and Physical Education, which is testament to the commitment at government level to supporting and recognising the vital role of volunteers in advancing sports participation and community development.

With a record-breaking number of entries, the 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards have seen nominations from over 50 different sporting disciplines, highlighting the widespread impact of volunteering ranging from mass participation sports to new and emerging sports. The 32 county awards will be presented, honouring outstanding volunteers from every corner of the country who have demonstrated commitment and dedication, serving as role models within their communities and inspiring others to get involved in sports volunteering.

The economic significance of volunteering in sport cannot be overstated, it has an estimated value of €1.5 billion annually to the Irish economy. This figure underscores the immense social and economic benefits derived from the invaluable contributions of volunteers across the Irish sporting landscape.

In addition to the county individuals being recognised, anticipation will be high as one exceptional individual will be awarded with the overall Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Federation CEO Mary O’Connor commented; “We are looking forward to celebrating the exceptional contributions made by volunteers in sport from all over the country. Working behind the scenes volunteers play a crucial role in fostering community engagement, promoting physical activity, and driving the success of sporting events nationwide, they are truly #DedicatedToTheDedicated. The awards promise to be yet again another remarkable event acknowledging the time and passion of those involved in sport locally and to say, ‘thank you’ for their dedication.”

Commenting on the announcement of the list of recipients, Head of Sport, Louth LSP, Louth County Council and member of the judging panel Graham Russell stated“The 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards serve as a reminder of the power of volunteering in sport, celebrating individuals whose unwavering dedication enriches lives, strengthens communities, and encourages a culture of active living.”

 

See below for full list of County Award recipients.

For more information, please visit www.volunteersinsport.ie

 

FULL LIST OF 2023 VOLUNTEERS IN SPORT AWARDS COUNTY RECIPIENTS

County

First

Surname

Club

Antrim

Cathryn

Watson

Ballymoney Hockey Club

Armagh

Ciarán

Maguire

O’Hanlon’s LGFA

Carlow

Stephen

Dargan

Carlow FC

Cavan

Fidelma

Sheridan

Cumman Na mBunscol Co. Cavan & Erne Eagles Rounders Club

Clare

Claire

Cuddihy

Clare Comets Basketball Club and Ennis Raptors basketball Club

Cork

Eoin

Kelly

Beech Hill Table Tennis Club

Derry 

Micky

Duddy

Ring Boxing Club

Donegal

Damien

Devine

Deele Community Anglers

Down

Arnold

Morgan

Banbridge Table Tennis Club

Dublin City

Henry

Gillanders

Mount Pleasant LTC

Dublin DLR

Matt

Hanlon

Dalkey Devils Volleyball Club

Dublin Fingal

Nuala

Garrihy

Fencing Ireland

Active Dublin South 

Amanda

Spencer

Jobstown Boxing Club

Fermanagh

Ian

Ross

Enniskillen Rugby Club

Galway

Tony

Stephens

Claregalway GAA Club

Kerry

Lorcan

Murphy

Iveragh Athletics Club

Kildare

Roy

Baker

Irish Martial Arts & Kickboxing Ireland

Kilkenny

Ashley

Godden

Kilkenny Swimming Club

Laois

Jackie

Byrne

Mountrath St. Fintan’s GAA

Leitrim

Mary

McMorrow

Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club

Limerick

Wanda

Dwane

Mungret St Paul’s GAA Club

Longford

Ben

McCormack

Ballymahon Vocational School

Louth

Fintan

Cooper

Glen Magic Soccer Club

Mayo

Phelim

Halligan

Claremorris Ultimate Kickboxing Club

Meath

David

Quinn

Dunshaughlin Youths Football Club

Monaghan

Una

Forde

Monaghan Harps GAA

Offaly

John

Corboy

Birr Town FC

Roscommon

Philip

Gordan

Lough Ree Angling hub

Sligo

Simon

Cavanagh

GAA Handball

Tipperary

Paddy

Doyle

Moyne Athletic Club

Tyrone

Rachel

McBride

Riding For Disabled Omagh

Waterford

Sally

Kavanagh

Waterford Hockey Club

Westmeath

Nuala

Lawlor

Shoot ‘n Stars Special Olympics

Wexford

Martin

Moylan

Dunbrody Archers

Wicklow

Ruth

McDonagh

Bray Hockey Club

About the Federation of Irish Sport (FIS):

Founded in April 2002, the Federation of Irish Sports was established by Ireland’s national sporting organisations to provide leadership, co-ordination, support, and direction on key issues and to represent their interests to government and its relevant agencies. FIS is the representative organisation for 110 National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) from every corner of the country, comprising over 12,000 sports clubs. Our purpose is to provide a dynamic and effective voice for Irish sport, “to support and advocate collectively for our members, empowering them to maximise the impact of sport, recreation, and physical activity for society.”

Local Sports Partnership Network

The network is made up of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) who are passionate about getting Ireland physically active, involved in sport and ensuring everyone in the community has the chance to be included.

LSPs play a crucial role in community engagement through sports and physical activities. With dedicated professionals and volunteers, LSPs provide tailored opportunities, impacting over 340,000 individuals annually and contributing to the well-being of Irish communities.

To find your local Sports Partnership click here. https://volunteersinsport.ie/lsps/

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