‘Mr. Volunteer’ Of Tipperary Honoured

Tipperary Hall of Fame recipicant Mickey 'Rattler' Byrne with friends at Tipperary Association Dinner in the Louise Fitzgerald Hotel.  Seated: (from left) Liam Myles (Tipperary Association President), Rattler Byrne, Paddy Armitage (Templemore), Musha Maher.  Standing: Paddy Doyle and Michael Maher (Thurles Sarsfields Chairman).  Picture: Bridget Delaney
The “Mr. Volunteer” of Tipperary, Martin Quinn, whose passion and interest in his local community has done much to enhance the people he has come into contact with, was honoured on Saturday night last when the Tipperary Association Dublin presented him with their prestigious Person of the Year Award for 2012.

The “Mr. Volunteer” of Tipperary, Martin Quinn, whose passion and interest in his local community has done much to enhance the people he has come into contact with, was honoured on Saturday night last when the Tipperary Association Dublin presented him with their prestigious Person of the Year Award for 2012.

A huge gathering at the Louis Fitzgerald hotel in Dublin heard how Mr. Quinn’s wider influence outside of County Tipperary in his time as President of Muintir na Tire and through the Tipperary Peace Convention Award had set him above most, if not all, other community activists.

Delivering the citation, Mr. Liam Myles, President, said “this is what sets him apart and it was a major influence in his deserved selection as Tipperary Person of the Year for 2012”.

The attendance included the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Most Rev. Dermot Clifford, member of the family of the late Canon Hayes, Gold Olympian Ronnie Delaney and the widow of the late great rugby player, Mick Doyle.

Mr. Myles said Martin fulfils the old adage – if you want something done ask a busy person! It is fitting then that the Tipperary Association Dublin recognises the supreme efforts of Martin Quinn – the “Mr. Volunteer” of Tipperary!”.

He outlined the myriad of Martin Quinn’s involvements and contribution in the past and said the Tipperary Peace Convention, which incorporates the International Peace Award, had proven to be a major success, giving international status to Tipperary. “He is also a founder member of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre. In the year gone by the Centre marked 25 years in existence – a major achievement by any standards. The Centre gives employment and caters for a wide audience of users from all walks of life in Tipperary town and environs. He served as President of Muintir na Tire from 2008 to 2011. Through his involvement with Muintir na Tire he continues to promote the values of the founder Canon Hayes and continues to work for and preserve the importance of rural life”.

Mr. Myles said it was obvious from the range of posts he had held at all levels that he had been blessed with Canon Hayes’ leadership skills, compassion and resilience to have lasted as long as he had and made such a significant contribution to others less fortunate in his community and beyond. It was also obvious that he commanded huge respect from everyone whom he had worked with and for – as evidenced by the huge support he had received from those present and from many others who were unable to be present.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.