One of the founding members of Wexford Celtic FC has been recognised for his work at the grassroots level of the game with an FAI award.
Tom O'Hara was the club's first secretary upon its formation in 1968 and combined his duties off the pitch with the captaincy of the team. And in 1970, just two years after the club's formation, Tom led Wexford Celtic to the Wexford & District Football League Cup Final, a 1-0 win over Nawrik Rangers enough to secure a first trophy for the new team.
An integral part of the club throughout its history, Tom was presented with the John Sherlock Services to Football award by Adrian Sherlock, son of John Sherlock, and Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny during the FAI Delegates Dinner and Communications Awards at Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, Meath.
The John Sherlock Services to Football award recognises the contributions made by volunteers at all levels of football to the continued success and development of the game.
An FAI spokesperson said, 'Football is the largest participation sport in the country and continues to play a pivotal role within communities. It is thanks to volunteers that we can occupy this position and will continue to do so into the future.'
Wexford Celtic thanked Tom for his work with the club, saying his award was richly deserved.