The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey and the County Manager Seamus Neely have congratulated all the individuals and teams who have been named as nominees for the 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards, which take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday January 31st where the special guest will be FAI CEO John Delaney.
The Council has been associated with the awards since 1977 when the former TD Paddy Harte who was chairperson of the local authority in that year inaugurated the ‘Chairman’s Trophy’ for the best sports school. And that involvement with the Donegal Sports Star Awards has continued to the present day. The Council became the main sponsor of the awards in 1996.
The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey has congratulated all the individuals and teams who have been nominated and he is looking forward to being one of the guests at the function where he will present the eight primary and secondary schools awards. The Mayor also acknowledged the County Council’s commitment to sponsoring the Donegal Sports Star Awards for the 18th consecutive year.
“The Council has been associated with these awards for a long number of years. To be nominated for an award is an achievement in itself and to be recognized for excelling in sport by an organization like the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee is a huge honour.
Donegal as a county has a huge interest in supporting all sporting activities at all levels. This awards function has been and will continue to be the highlight of the year for sporting organisations in the county. It is fitting and right to take time to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our sports stars and their many remarkable achievements. We are also recognizing people who have made huge voluntary contributions to the development of sport in Donegal” Mayor McGarvey said.
The Mayor who starred for the famous Swilly Rovers soccer sides of the 1950s and 1960s said he was delighted that the special guest for the awards on Friday January 31st will be John Delaney the Chief Executive Officer of the FAI. “Through his work with the FAI John has made a massive contribution to the development of soccer and recognises the importance of all sports at a local grassroots level. We are delighted John will be joining us at the awards ceremony on Friday 31January”.
Mayor McGarvey also paid tribute to the Donegal Sports Star Awards committee members for the huge amount of voluntary work involved in hosting the awards ceremony. “It’s a huge awards function that just couldn’t take place every year without the massive efforts of the committee members who are sporting people that are very passionate about what they do. I would like to thank them for all the voluntary time devoted to bringing nominees from so many sports together for what will be a great night of social celebration” Mayor McGarvey concluded.
Chairperson Neil Martin said the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee were very appreciative of County Manager Seamus Neely’s backing for their annual function again this year. “Without the support of the Council it simply wouldn’t be possible to host a function of this scale. The committee would like to thank the County Manager and his officials for their backing especially in these difficult economic times” Mr Martin said. Congratulating all the nominees the County Manager Seamus Neely spoke in particular about the importance of the awards in recognising the many unsung heroes in the county who work tirelessly in sports clubs, schools and organisations throughout Donegal.
“These volunteers are the foundation of the sporting community in Donegal. Without their efforts, drive, commitment and love
of sport, we would not have the high standard of sports stars in Donegal that we have today. I am delighted the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee recognises and value this contribution and it is one of the reasons why Donegal County Council is and has been for many years the main sponsor of these awards. The work of the awards committee makes this a very special night for Donegal sport” Mr Neely said.
The awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 31 January in the Mount Errigal. Tickets are available now from the Mount Errigal Hotel. For further details ring the hotel on 9106700. Follow us also on donegalsportsstarawards.ie or on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards