Thirty two of the premier GAA men in the Premier County were honoured by the County Board on Sunday afternoon last in The Dome at Semple Stadium as the tenth annual Sean Ghael awards were carried off with great aplomb.
This event is one of the highlights of the social calendar in GAA circles in Tipperary as it recognises, and honours, the outstanding service and contribution of so many, over 70 years of age, to the organisation they love, starting out with their club, perhaps moving on to county, provincial and national acclaim, but ultimately returning to their roots in their club again.
And, the so called ‘grey generation’ were out in force for the awards which are richly deserved and which brought to 363, the number honoured since inception back in 2003 on the initiative of the late John Moloney (Galtee Rovers).
The GAA in Tipperary is as strong as it is because of the efforts of people like the 32 honoured on Sunday. And the committee charged with responsibility for hosting the Sean Ghael awards led by John Costigan and Micheal O’Meara, and also featuring Seamus King, Noel Morris, Pat Moroney and Seamus McCarthy saw fit this year to fete eight from each division in Tipperary, as well as their guests.
The venture is supported in a financial sense by the County Board, the four divisional Boards, GAA Supporters Club and the Friends of Tipperary Football and the 2012 awards honoured hurling, football, handball, Scor, cultural, officials, administrators and more in a most comprehensive and very worthy manner. See this years Tipperary Star for for story.