Roscrea honoured its local stars of track and field at a gala awards night in the Racket Hall House Hotel on Friday evening.
Over 250 guests and dignitaries paid tribute to the recipients in a wide range of disciplines from Gaelic games, to athletics,golf, tennis and rugby. Len Gaynor, the famous Tipperary left wing-back on its senior hurling team from 1964 to 1974 was Guest of Honour. Len won three All-Ireland medals, five Munster medals and two National hurling league medals. He ended up as an All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions.At club level Len is a three-time county club championship medallist with Kilruane MacDonagh’s.
In retirement from playing Len became involved in team management and coaching. At inter-county level he has served as manager of the Clare and Tipperary senior hurling teams. He has also had a wide-ranging coaching career with numerous club teams in Tipperary. Mr Gaynor said you have to have courage and self belief to reach the top. “When you do get to the top, you’ll find that there’s opposition there who are just as good. And you have to meet that challenge. And take them on, and call on all your emotions, and ability and skill, and express yourself fully to be able to succeed. And that to me brings out the best in all us humans: when we’re under pressure and fighting for success. When you’ve lived through those emotions - the delight in winning and the despair of losing - you really do form your character. And you learn a lot to put you through the rest of your life. All the recipients here have gone through that. You’ve beaten the opposition and got to the top. That is a huge achievement. And keep up the sport for as long as you can.” Len thanked the organisers and the main sponsors Rosderra Meats.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star. pg 70.