Irish News Club & Volunteer Award Winners 2017

May 15, 2017

THE IRISH NEWS unveiled the winners of their highly contested Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards.

The Awards initiative now in it’s 15th year recognises and rewards GAA Schools, Clubs & Volunteers throughout Ulster for their commitment to gaelic games and their community irrespective of their playing ability. The Awards this year are revamped to recognise the work that Clubs are doing in the areas of Club Engagement, Underage Development, Coaching, Irish Language, Health Fitness and Wellbeing.

Noel Doran editor Irish News, congratulated all the clubs, schools and volunteers that received awards adding that ‘the Irish News Club & Volunteer awards are tangible proof that our clubs, our volunteers & our schools are indeed the foundation of the GAA.’

He added, ‘the Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards have proven to be overwhelmingly successful as recognition for the hard work of the winning clubs, volunteers and schools. The awards are a great celebration of the vibrant communities that are created by schools, clubs and volunteers right across Ulster.’

Brian McAvoy Ulster GAA CEO commented, ‘Comhairle Uladh CLG are delighted to partner the Irish News Club & Volunteer Awards which recognise the work and vision of the GAA grassroots in Ulster. I commend the Irish News on this excellent venture and I would like to congratulate the winning clubs, volunteers and schools.’

Attending the awards at the Wellington Park Hotel was winning Sigerson Cup coach Paddy Tally who talked about the importance of clubs and schools working together in partnership.

The winning clubs were awarded a £500 Irish News development cheque and £500 O’Neills Sportswear voucher.


Post Primary

St Joseph’s Boy School Derry

Primary School of the Year

Millennium IPS

Irish Language

Killeevan Sarsfields GAA, Monaghan

Underage Initiative

Killinkere GFC Cavan

Coaching Initiative

Saint Mary’s High School Limavady

Health Fitness WellBeing

All Saints GAC, Ballymena

Overseas Club

Irish Sports & Social Club Vancouver

Young Volunteer

Clonduff GAA – Sarah Bloomfield

Volunteer of the Year

Clan Na Gael Lurgan – Breige Moore

Loughinisland GAC – Vincent McGlew

St Brigids GAC, Belfast – Frank McGurk

Glenullin GAC  – Gerard O’Kane

Club Engagement of the Year

Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC