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TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year Announced

TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year Awards


TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year 2013 Announced The TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year Awards were announced today at Croke Park. Each province was represented by their TESCO Homegrown Provincial Club Person of the Year with the winner of the National Award chosen from the 4 provincial winners.

The four provincial Club Persons of the Year were Baltinglass Ladies GFC member Breeda Kealy from Wicklow representing Leinster, John O’Malley of Fergus Rovers in Clare representing Munster, Claire Doherty from CLG Bun Cranncha in Donegal representing Ulster and St. Nathy’s LGFC stalwart, Louise O’Donnell from Sligo who represented Connacht. Each of the 4 provincial winners were nominated for the overall TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year Award and although all 4 nominees would have made more than worthy receipients, only one could be chosen and that was Louise O’Donnell from St. Nathy’s Ladies Gaelic Football Club in Sligo.

Louise has been with St. Nathy’s for all of their 20 years in existence. In 1993 she was a member of the Under 14 team and went on to be a player of note winning the O’Connor Cup with IT Sligo in 2000. Louise has been involved at every level within the club, starting as a player, becoming a team mentor and coach and going on to hold various positions within the club. She revolutionised the clubs communications and has ensured that every person in the club and county is aware of what is happening in St. Nathy’s.

Speaking at the presentation LGFA President, Pat Quill, said ‘I am delighted to announce the TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year Award Winners today. This year we had a record entry for the awards and the quality of those entries is reflected in the calibre of our 4 winners today. Each one of the winners has been a key person in the growth and development of their clubs and will continue to be for years to come. Our winners all have the qualities of dedication and enthusiasm in common and their commitment to their communities through their involvement in Ladies Football must be commended. The four provincial winners have made their parishes, counties and provinces very proud today and I would like to congratulate Breeda, John, Claire and Louise on their awards and especially I would like to offer my congratulations to Louise O’Donnell who has been singled out as the overall TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year for 2013.’

Speaking at the presentation, Patrick O’Connor, Local Marketing, Tesco Ireland, commented, “Tesco is delighted to be able to play a role in celebrating the achievements of these community leaders. Their selfless efforts in the promotion of ladies football plays a key role in providing a sporting outlet and healthy lifestyle choice for women in their communities. We would like to congratulate them on their phenomenal achievements to date and wish them well in their future involvement with their clubs.”

TESCO Homegrown Club Persons of the Year 2013:

Leinster: Breeda Kealy, Baltinglass Ladies GFC (Wicklow)

Munster: John O’Malley, Fergus Rovers (Clare)

Ulster: Claire Doherty, CLG Bun Cranncha (Donegal)

Connacht: Louise O’Donnell, St. Nathy’s Ladies Gaelic Football Club (Sligo)

TESCO Homegrown Club Person of the Year 2013: Louise O’Donnell.

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