STARS of track and field were honoured at this year’s RCTLC Roscrea Sports Awards, hosted by the Racket Hall House Hotel. Over 200 people attended the annual gala event, which showcases sporting talent from across the midlands.
Roscrea Community Tourism Leisure Centre (RCTLC) board member Lillian Delaney welcomed guests, dignitaries, and joint patrons of the RCTLC Bishop Emeritus of Killaloe, the Most Rev Dr Willie Walsh, and Archdeacon Wayne Carney (representing Bishop Trevor Williams).
Sponsors Rosderra Meats were represented by Mr Pat O’Halloran, Vincent Kinnane and his wife Liz. President of the Irish Ladies Golf Union Marjorie McCorduck was Guest Speaker. Winning recipients were presented with beautiful cut crystal glass pieces by the sponsors, joint patrons Chairman of the RCTLC Mr John Lupton, and Board member Paddy Bergin. The winners were profiled here last month and include: Michael Mulhare (athletics); Roscrea Badminton Club (represented by Brian King); Harps Camogie Club; Liam England (Gaelic Football); Roscrea Ladies Minor Cup Team (Golf); Joe Brady from Coolderry (Hurling); James Mullaney (Soccer); and the Youth Award went to Peter Dooley in Rugby.
The team award went to the Tipperary Minor Football team, represented by David Power and Liam McGrath. The Special Recognition Award went to Denis Maher and Ger Horan in Rugby, while the Special Achievement Award went to 58-year-old Martin Byrne, for climbing Mt Everest. Martin became the first serving member of An Garda Síochana to scale the world’s highest mountain on May 26th last year. Mr Byrne told guests he was “absolutely thrilled” and “very honoured” to receive the award. Among his many achievements, Martin also served with Concern Worldwide for three years in East Africa.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.