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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Big night for Clan stalwart

Olivia Ryan

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:20

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'ONCE a Clan, always a Clan,' is a life long motto for Maurice Harrison the newly crowned 'Club Person of the Year'.

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'ONCE a Clan, always a Clan,' is a life long motto for Maurice Harrison the newly crowned 'Club Person of the Year'.

The Cedarwood Park native said he was 'humbled and privileged' to be presented with Clan na Gael's top honour by outgoing club chairman Aidan Kirk, in recognition of his behind the scenes work which has kept the club running for over 20 years.

'I was really shocked to be honest, I definitely wasn't expecting it. I'm humbled because I really do consider myself a small cog in a very big wheel,' said Maurice.

A familiar face at the Ecco road clubhouse since he was a child, Maurice's life time dedication to the Clans has even become a family affair.

The club vice chairman said, 'I've been involved with the club for as long as I can remember really. I played under 9's when I was a child. But after that I became an active supporter, and for more than 20 years now I've been a part of the committee.'

Wife Paula is the current secretary and daughters Orlaith (12) and Rachel (8) are players on youth ladies teams.

'The club is the heart of the community in this area, but it's the heart of our family too,' said Maurice.

Aside from his huge commitment to the Clans, Maurice is also a team leader at Tesco, Long Walk, and admits that fitting it all in is sometimes a challenge

'During any given week, we could have something on most nights, whether its training or meetings. But we love it, so it doesn't feel like work.'

'As vice chairman my brief is adult football, so I'm looking at fixtures a few weeks ahead of time to see what needs to be organised, from buses to stewards,' said Maurice. 'I meet with management pretty regularly to find out what they need from us. That way, they can get back to managing the team, and know that the organisational side of things is being taken care of.'

Honoured to have been recognised for his contribution to the club, Maurice added: 'People look at a club, and all they see is the team. But there's a lot more to it than that!'

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