Plunkett’s Carr and Cuala’s Bass honoured with Gradaim an Uachtaráin award

by Stephen Findlater

ST OLIVER Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh’s Denis Carr was among the recipients of a Gradaim an Uachtaráin award for 2021.   

These prestigious annual awards, organised with the support of AIB and broadcast by TG4, affords Uachtarán CLG, John Horan, with an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding commitment and long service across the club and county network. 

Carr has made an extraordinary life-long contribution to the GAA in Dublin at club and county level. A member of Plunkett’s since the early ‘60s, he has managed many teams at underage and adult level in the club.  

At committee level, he has held several key roles and responsibilities, including chairman and treasurer. In the mid-80’s when the club launched an ambitious plan to develop a clubhouse and dressing rooms, Denis, as club treasurer, played an integral part in the success of the project.  

His passion and enthusiasm for the promotion of Gaelic games and culture in his local community has been infectious.  

He always took a keen interest in the welfare of the club’s juvenile players and readily provided guidance and assistance to them.  

He has been a club delegate to the Dublin County Committee for an incredible 48 years and has served as an officer of various subsidiary Boards during that period, including Hurling Board Chairman.  

Denis Carr

Carr was involved with the Dublin senior hurling team under the management of Tommy Naughton and is currently a member of the County Hearings Committee.  

Former Cuala man Tony Bass, meanwhile, was presented with the international award for his work with the Maastricht Gaels in the Netherlands. 

Bass has been involved within the European Board from soon after its inception under the guidance of the late Joe McDonagh and during his GAA Presidency in 1999.  

He has carried out phenomenal development work in all GAA codes in this time, having acted in numerous positions within the European Board, most notably as: Chair, Secretary, Ard Chomhairle delegate, and has attended the annual GAA Congress to make representations on behalf of Europe GAA.  

He has been involved in the continued expansion of competition within Europe and in organising many teams from there to travel to the GAA World Games – where in an invaluable volunteer capacity – he has fulfilled many functions: as referee, mentor, manager, liaison officer and advocate for the promotion and development on a world-wide basis.  

Bass was also involved in establishing his home club in Europe, Maastricht GAA, and the strategic nature of his input is reflected in the fact that the Club – in conjunction with the municipal authorities – secured a 15-aside floodlight 4G pitch which has hosted the European Finals on many occasions.  

Over the past two decades, he has carried out enormous work in bringing the games in mainland Europe to an incredible level.   

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