HURLING: Capital honours for our small ball game aficionadas

by Aaron Dunne
0 comment

The 15th Annual FODH Awards and Celebration night held in the Bonnington Hotel proved a great success with almost 250 in attendance from clubs,and schools right across the county.

Guests included the Ardstiurthóír of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Tom Ryan, MEP Barry Andrews, Vice chairperson of Dublin GAA Board Ken O’Sullivan, Chairperson of Dublin Camogie Board Karl O’Brien, members of the Dublin 1965 All-Ireland winning Minor All -Ireland team, who are the last winners at minor grade and members of the Dublin Camogie team and Dublin Hurling Manager Micheál Donoghue.

The night began with St. Cronan’s National School, Swords receiving the Award for Primary School of 2023  from Robert Ford of O’Neills International Sports Company LTD. Hot on their heels came Terenure College with the award for Second level School of the Year.

Na Gaeil Óga of Lucan, who have the distinction of promoting hurling and camogie through our native language, received the Award for Juvenile Club of the year. On stage Daithí De Buitléir explained: “When the children come to our club, firstly we need to teach them the language and then the sport!, thus they are learning both”. Lucan has the distinction of most Irish spoken outside of Gaeltacht areas.  

Next came the newly crowned Senior Hurling Champions Na Fianna who are in their first ever Leinster Senior Champion Club Championship Final on Sunday next in Croke Park.

The proud chair,Cormac O’Donnchú graciously accepted the award for senior club of the year. Greta Gray, wife of the late great Jimmy who is now Uachtarán of the club was also presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Well-known Ballyboden St Enda’s long-time member Mick Keville was honoured for his untiring work over the years with The Coach of Year Award by MEP Barry Andrews who was attending his first FODH Awards night.

Marino born John Holmes who emmigrated many years back to Naas, and who has brought Nass hurling to a different level was honoured for his great work with a signed copy of Humphrey Kelleher’s recent new book, A Place to Play.

Next up came the Dublin Camogie Players. Rising Crumlin and Dublin player Abby Ryan was beaming as she came up to receive her award for Young Player of the Year. A player who can play in different positions on the field she has a bright future ahead.    She was quickly followed by Gaby Couch of the St.Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh club and Dublin senior team who received the Senior Player of the Year Award. Gaby was honoured last year with Young Player Award and  backed it up with the Senior Award for 2023.! Both awards were presented by former National Camogie PRO Máire Uí Scolaí.

When the phone text arrived to Dublin senior hurler Daire Gray he thought “ it was a wind up”! at first. Daire was truly delighted to receive his award from Crumlin man and FODH committee Jim Browne. Following in his footsteps was rising star Paddy Doyle from the Naomh Barróg club who scooped the Award for Young Player of the Year. There was no escaping for Dublin Hurling Manager Micheál Donoghue who was interviewed by Declan Drake. The Galway native thanked FODH for his invitation and spoke highly of the two players who received awards on the night.  

The night was almost closing in when the Lar Foley Hall of Fame was announced. The 2023 award went to Seán Shanley, who walked to the podium with a well deserved standing ovation. Seán served Dublin GAA Baord as vice chair and quickly followed it up with position of Chairperson. The Craobh Chiaráin member was once called upon by the late Jimmy Gray who recognised his administrative skills. He also served with the legendary Lar Foley on Dublin Hurling Management. There to present the prestigious award on the night were FODH Chairperson Eugene Foley and daughter of the late Lar  Barbara Foley. His wife Phyllis was then presented witha  bouquet of flowers.

Eugene Foley wrapped up the night by thanking all who came and his hard working coiste. Barry Andrews was called upon at the end to present FODH Rúnaí and PRO Máire Uí Scolaí with a bouquet of flowers. Everybody went off into the still night having enjoyed themselves and looking forward to attending hurling and camogie games in 2024.  

Gaby Couch of the St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh who took the Young Player of the Year Award last year was back to take the Senior Player of the Year Award while Abby Ryan of the club was over the moon as she accepted the award.

Related Articles