FORMER RTE newsreader and avid G.A.A. fan Ann Doyle launched the black tie G.A.A. awards night at the Amber Springs Hotel on Friday last, saying what an honour and privilege it was for her to host an event to pay tribute to the men and women of Wexford.
They bring distinction and glory to their county, particularly this year with our wonderful camogie team making history by achieving the coveted three-in-a-row. What wonderful girls they are, she said, and how proud we are of them and of all our young men and women in the G.A.A.
Ann called on Diarmuid Devereux, Chairman of the County Board, to say a few words on behalf of the county Management committee. Diarmuid complimented Ann for her willingness to assist with and promote Wexford G.A.A. and welcomed the opportunity to publicly thank Alan Keyes and Glen Fuels for their generous sponsorship of the forthcoming black tie awards.
In today's climate he said it is rare to find a sponsor of the calibre and enthusiasm of Alan, and Wexford were lucky to have him. He congratulated all those nominated and had a special word of gratitude for the Wexford Supporters' Chairman, Arthur Quinn, and his hard-working, dedicated committee, particularly P.R.O. Maria Nolan, for their Trojan fundraising efforts.
He wished them well with the black tie awards, saying that it will be an event looked forward to throughout the county. He concluded by thanking all the players present for their dedication and loyalty to Wexford, and he wished them all well in the voting and in the 2013 season.
Although from Greystones, Alan Keyes said he had close associations with Wexford, with his mother being from Gorey. And having been blown away by the camogie All-Ireland final, he had no doubt that he wanted to do something for Wexford G.A.A.
He duly made contact with Chairman of the Supporters' Club, Arthur Quinn, and between them they came up with the idea of the black tie player of the year awards night to be held in the Amber Springs on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
Alan said that he intends his involvement to continue over the coming years and he hopes to bring the black tie event to all the towns in Wexford. He thanked Ann Doyle for coming to the launch and looked forward to her hosting the awards Night. He said in recognition of her fashion and style accolades, there will also be an award for the best dressed couple on the evening as well as a volunteer award open to all the clubs to nominate a person worthy of the honour.
Alan declared the voting open on both the Glen Fuel and Wexford G.A.A. websites and handed back to Ann Doyle to close the formalities and invite all to partake of the refreshments provided.
Two stars have a double chance for success as Lee Chin and Matthew O'Hanlon are nominees in both of the Under-21 categories. The full list of nominees in alphabetical order is -
Senior hurling: Kevin Gore (Faythe Harriers), Richie Kehoe (Faythe Harriers), David Redmond (Oulart-The Ballagh), Keith Rossiter (Oulart-The Ballagh), Garrett Sinnott (Oulart-The Ballagh).
Senior football: Redmond Barry (St. Anne's), Adrian Flynn (Gusserane), Ciarán Lyng (St. Martin's), Cian McGovern (St. Anne's), Daithí Waters (St. Martin's).
Camogie: Deirdre Codd (Duffry Rovers), Ursula Jacob (Oulart-The Ballagh), Kate Kelly (St. Ibar's/Shelmalier), Mary Leacy (Oulart-The Ballagh), Katrina Parrock (St. Ibar's/Shelmalier).
Ladies' football: Clara Donnelly (Shelmalier), Marguerite Doyle (Clonee), Mary Rose Kelly (St. Fintan's), Rosie Lawlor (Adamstown), Caitríona McCabe (Adamstown).
Under-21 hurling: Barry Carton (Cloughbawn), Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers), Gary Moore (Glynn-Barntown), Matthew O'Hanlon (St. James'), Diarmuid O'Keeffe (St. Anne's).
Under-21 football: Lee Chin (Sarsfields), Matthew O'Hanlon (St. James'), Michael O'Regan (Glynn-Barntown), Liam Og McGovern (St. Anne's), Aidan Rochford (St. Anne's).