Wicklow’s best and bright­est!

Over 400 peo­ple at­tend awards

Bray People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE Sports Ed­i­tor

Over 400 peo­ple packed into the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel to wit­ness the finest ath­letes in Wicklow GAA be­ing hon­oured for their ex­ploits and ef­forts over the last 12 months.

For one man, Aughrim's Liam O'Lough­lin, was shocked to dis­cover that his life­time of hard work and com­mit­ment within Wicklow GAA had earned him en­try to the very pres­ti­gious Wicklow Gaa Hall of Fame and the former County Chair­man takes his com­pletely de­serv­ing place along­side the county's finest.

For oth­ers, like Coolboy Hand­ball Club, decades of fos­ter­ing and en­cour­age­ment were re­warded when they picked up their spe­cial award along with Dunlavin's He­len Kear­ney.

For new County Chair­man Martin Cole­man the event pre­sented a chance to hon­our the play­ers of the county while also dou­bling as an in­valu­able PR ex­er­cise.

“It was a bril­liant night,” said Martin. “We had over 400 peo­ple at­tend­ing and the at­mos­phere was un­real. We all knew who the main award win­ners were but Liam O'Lough­lin's Hall of Fame award was a closely guarded se­cret.

“He hadn't a clue and he's al­ways be at th­ese nights and it wasn't un­til Jimmy Dunne started to re­veal var­i­ous as­pects of who the award win­ner was that it fi­nally clicked with him.

“This year is the ninth awards and they are get­ting big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year. I know from our own player John Flynn that the awards mean an aw­ful lot to the play­ers them­selves and it's nice to be able to hon­our other sports as well,” he added.

The full com­pli­ment of awards win­ners at the 2012 Garden County GAA All Star awards in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. With the award win­ners are Pres­i­dent of the GAA Liam O’Neill, Chair­man of the Wicklow County Board Martin Cole­man and Brian Bren­nan from the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

Spon­sor Brian Bren­nan, Michael Len­non on be­half of the Coolboy Hand­ball Club who were awarded the spe­cial sports award, GAA Pres­i­dent Liam O'Neill and Wicklow GAA Chair­man Martin Cole­man at the 2012 Garden GAA sports awards. The Coolboy club brought home a host of medals from the 2012 World Hand­ball Cham­pi­onships.

Spon­sor Brian Bren­nan, Paddy O'Brien, Kil­macanogue, club per­son of the year, GAA Pres­i­dent Liam O'Neill and Wicklow GAA Chair­man Martin Cole­man at the 2012 Garden GAA Sports Awards in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

David Flynn and Jas­mine O’Ke­effe.

Gerry and Trina Walsh.

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