Monday 1st March 2021
Nine Down Gaels named among Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the year award Nominees
The Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Year Award celebrates the outstanding contribution made by young members of the association to their clubs and communities throughout the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
All Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie, Rounder’s and Handball clubs across Ulster were encouraged to nominate young people aged 14-24 years old whose actions best demonstrate the volunteering ethos and community spirit of the Association.
In total forty three nominations were made including nine from Down Clubs.
The Down nominations were
Aine Rice - Glenn GAC
Aine is a fantastic role model and a dedicated member of the committee with two roles, LGFA Representative and Club Underage Players Representative
Cabrini Brown - East Belfast GAA
Although she had never played camogie or been part of the GAA scene before, Cabrini took this challenge in her stride and was an advocate for the club throughout the year.
Charlie Carr - Clonduff GAC
Charlie is such a pleasant young man, has an infectious smile as well as a willing pair of hands, is an ideal role model and is one of our young Senior Footballers with whom the juvenile players in all codes identify.
Christopher Morgan - An Riocht
Christopher has been involved in all areas of the club, he runs the lotto every Monday night, organised the dinner dance last year, was the main focal point on the Covid support which also gave out hampers at Christmas.
Eimear Murray - Loughinisland
At our AGM in November Eimear stepped up to become Secretary, a huge responsibility and workload in a committee especially at such a young age, but she as adapted to her new role brilliantly and with complete ease.
Gavin O’Shea - Ardglass GAC
Gavin helps the Senior squad, being at every training session and match, collecting footballs, sorting out training equipment and water bottles, helping to clean the club rooms and grounds, as well as helping out with any fundraisers.
Meadhbh McGahan - East Belfast GAA
Meadhbh took on the Chair role for the Ladies committee when the club first started and has done an excellent job working with coaches and players.
Rory Donnan - Atticall GAC
In addition to performing his various roles within the club at an exemplary level, Rory demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the community of Atticall.
Tiarnan Stuart - St Paul’s Holywood
In 2020 Tiarnan really came into his own, delivering training sessions to our U9.5’s all through the early months of the year and giving up his time to deliver the sessions whilst doing his own training and studying for exams.
The winner of the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced in the coming days - best of luck to all nine Down nominees. The winner will receive a certificate & specially commissioned Volunteer of the Year merchandise from Ulster GAA and, courtesy of Translink, a voucher for complimentary Enterprise Class travel for two people to Dublin (for use in the future). They’ll also receive a free set of Translink-sponsored underage jerseys for their club.