Munster Council set to honour Tipperary's John Costigan with a distinguished service award

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Munster Council set to honour Tipperary's John Costigan with a distinguished service award

John Costigan.

The Munster Council are set to honour John Costigan with a distinguished service award - the awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel, Cork.

The provincial council have announced that Waterford’s Austin Flynn and Clare’s Séamus Clancy have secured the hall of fame awards in hurling and football respectively in the 2017 Munster GAA Awards. Killian Spillane (Kerry) will collect the under-21 footballer of the year award while JP O’Connor (Limerick) has been named the handballer of the year.

John Costigan has had a distinguished GAA career both as a player and administrator, commencing with winning Rice Cup medals with Templemore CBS before going on to win county junior football and hurling medals with his native Clonakenny. John played hurling at all grades with Tipperary, winning Munster senior and under-21, National League, Oireachtas, Railway Cup and intermediate All-Ireland medals.

On joining the teaching staff of Templemore CBS, John threw himself into the organisation of Gaelic Games at the school and was associated with an astonishing 53 winning teams including the Harty and Croke Cups in 1978. On the formation of the JK Bracken's club in 1992 John became its first chairman, later becoming chairman of the Tipperary County Board in 2006 and subsequently serving on the Munster Council, Central Council and the GAA’s Central Management Committee. He is currently a member of the national Competitions Control Committee, the Fixtures Monitoring Committee and Semple Stadium Management Committee.