Jackie hon­oured for ser­vice to hurl­ing

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW'S JACKIE Napier was hon­oured on Mon­day with an AIB award for a life­time of ser­vice to the game of hurl­ing.

It is an hon­our that was richly de­served as the Bray club­man has been Mr. Hurl­ing in Wick­low for over a half cen­tury.

He re­ceived his coach­ing and de­vel­op­ment award from GAA Pres­i­dent Christy Cooney at a func­tion in the RDS which saw a num­ber of top hurlers and foot­ballers from the prov­inces also hon­oured for their ac­com­plish­ments.

Jackie Napier has made a unique and un­sur­passed con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­mo­tion and de­vel­op­ment of hurl­ing within Wick­low at Club, County, Pro­vin­cial and Cen­tral Level.

He has served his club - Bray Em­mets - with dis­tinc­tion and has, over the years, filled the fol­low­ing piv­otal po­si­tions within the club: Ju­ve­nile Sec­re­tary, Sec­re­tary, Vice Chair­man and Chair­man, and he is cur­rently Club Pres­i­dent.

His on­go­ing com­mit­ment to Wick­low hurl­ing is re­flected in the fact that he has been the chief driv­ing force be­hind county teams at all lev­els. This is re­flected in the fact that he has not missed a Wick­low Se­nior hurl­ing game in over 50 years and has been ac­tively in­volved with all hurl­ing teams from the county which have ex­pe­ri­enced Le­in­ster or All-Ire­land suc­cess since 1966.

Wick­low's Se­nior 'B' All-Ire­land suc­cess in 2003 stands out as a pin­na­cle achieve­ment at Adult Level. The spe­cial Mi­nor suc­cesses in 1967 and 1974 are also notable achieve­ments.

Jackie is cur­rently Wick­low's rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Cen­tral Coun­cil, hav­ing pre­vi­ously served on Le­in­ster Coun­cil for 12 years and as County PRO for 11 years. Dur­ing the time the County Hurl­ing Board was in situ, Jackie served in the po­si­tions of Chair­man, vice-chair­man and sec­re­tary.

Present to see him get his de­served award were his wife Josie; daugh­ter Mary; sis­ter-in-law Phyl­lis Barry; coun- ty chair­man Mick Ha­gan; and Fr. Liam Dunne, Ark­low, who is vice-Pres­i­dent of the County Com­mit­tee.

Coach­ing and de­vel­op­ment award win­ner for foot­ball was Philip Kerr from O'Dono­van Rossa Club, Magher­afelt.

He has been in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up in­no­va­tive struc­tures within his club; he has op­er­ated an open door pol­icy for many years and this best prac­tice has been re­peated across the Prov­ince.

Award win­ners in foot­ball in­clude Brian Ka­vanagh, Kil­macud Crokes, who will be lin­ing out for Long­ford on Sun­day against Wick­low.

Other win­ners were Frankie Dolan, St. Brid­get's Roscommon, and Oisin McConville, Cross­ma­glen Rangers, teams that face up in the All-Ire­land club fi­nal on St. Pa­trick's Day; and David Ni­block from Nemo Rangers, Cork.

Hurl­ing win­ners were Mark Ber­gin, O'Lough­lin Gaels, Kilkenny; Kevin Mo­ran, De La Salle, Wa­ter­ford; and Liam Wat­son, Loughgiel, Antrim.

Jackie Napier, cen­tre, Coach­ing and De­vel­op­ment Award win­ner for hurl­ing, with AIB Gen­eral Man­ager Billy Finn and GAA Pres­i­dent Chrisy Cooney at the AIB Pro­vin­cial Player Awards 2010.

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