2 Aug

Galway’s Derek Niland honoured at ‘Volunteers in Sport Awards’

first_imgThe Federation of Irish Sport recognised a volunteer fromeach county, an ‘outstanding contribution’ award and a ‘team of volunteers’ atthe awards ceremony Galway’s Derek Niland was honoured at the ‘Volunteers inSport Awards’, hosted by the Federation of Irish Sport in partnership with EBS,yesterday (Tuesday 12 November) in Farmleigh House Dublin.Derek received the Galway sports volunteer of the year award for hiscommitment to the Galway Corinthians Rugby Club. The award was presented byMinister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD. Derek has contributed countless hours to volunteering withGalway Corinthians and has had a lifelong love of rugby.The Volunteers in Sport Awards were created to recognise thecontributions, commitment and dedication of the 450,000 volunteers who givetheir time to Irish sport each year. This equates to approximately 37.3 million hours of volunteering acrossIreland’s 14,000 registered sports clubs and associations.A total of 34 awards were presented at the ceremony,including 32 county-level awards, an overall ‘outstanding contribution’ awardand a ‘team of volunteers’ award.  SwimIreland’s Mary Dunne received the outstanding contribution award and Limerickbased ‘Women on Wheels’ received the ‘team of volunteers’ award.  Commenting at the awards, Mary O’Connor, CEO of theFederation of Irish Sport, said:“Sport matters. It contributes to our health, binds ustogether as a community and supports the economy, while bringing a sense ofpride to us all.“This would not be possible without the volunteers who sharetheir time and expertise on pitches, tracks, gym floors and swimming pools acrossthe country each and every week.  To thisend, the Volunteers in Sport Awards is an opportunity to recognise andcelebrate these volunteers.“I would like to extend my congratulations to all our awardnominees as we celebrate their contribution to sport across Ireland today.”Also speaking at the launch, Minister of State for Tourismand Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said:“It was a real honour for me to attend the Volunteers inSport Awards. As somebody who has been involved in sport at an amateur level sinceI was a child myself, I have always marvelled at the commitment that so manyclub members show to their communities up and down the country.“It is a real privilege to recognise the contribution madeby those who do so much for others in fulfilling the less glamorous but mostdefinitely vital and often overlooked tasks involved in almost any sport youcan imagine. The men and women honoured today may not be household names acrossthe country but in their own communities they are real treasures. I wasdelighted to speak to many of them today. My thanks to the Federation of IrishSport and all those who made this ceremony such a memorable occasion for allthe recipients.”For more information, visit www.volunteersinsport.ie.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Derek Niland from Cloonacauneen, Co. Galway, is presented with their award by Roddy Guiney, Chairperson of the Federation of Irish Sport, left, and Richard Gernon, Regional Manager EBS, during the Volunteers in Sport Awards presented by Federation of Irish Sport with EBS at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfilecenter_img Awards celebrated the 450,000 volunteers contributing tosport in clubs and communities across Irelandlast_img

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