By Denis J. Croke
ADMINISTRATORS, coaches and media are among those honoured across ten categories in the fourth year of the LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards. And topping those awards is Mikey Hyland from Shanahoe who is named the Overall Volunteer of the Year winner and who will receive the Lulu Carroll award, a most appropriate award for a Laois man.
This honours the late Laois player Lulu Carroll who was on the 2001 All-Ireland winning Laois team and who sadly passed away in 2007, following a battle with cancer.
Mikey is a worthy recipient of the Lulu Carroll award, due his sterling work with the Shanahoe club, of which he was a founding member in 1994.
At the start, Mikey’s daughters lined out for the club, and now he’s watching his granddaughters play, while also continuing to fulfil various roles himself.
Paying tribute to the winners, Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, Marie Hickey said: “We’re very pleased to announce the winners of our LGFA Volunteer of the Year awards, in association with currentaccount.ie.
“As our nation continues to battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s been a source of great comfort and solace to the LGFA to witness at first hand the selfless work of our volunteers in their local communities.
“We may not have had as much football as we would have liked, but the volunteer spirit and ethos has still shone through as our members have worked to ensure the safety and wellbeing of many of our more vulnerable members.”
Shanahoe club also acknowledged Mickey’s achievement; “We are so proud and so happy for Mikey. So richly deserved for all the hard work and dedication he has given to our club since 1994.”
Laois LGFA also paid tribute to Mikey saying: “Massive congratulations to Mikey Hyland of Shanahoe Ladies Football club on winning this year’s Overall Volunteer of the Year awards from Ladies Gaelic Football. A more deserving person for the award we cannot think of.
“Mikey Hyland is one of the back bone members of Shanahoe Ladies, we see him as the glue that sticks it all together. Nothing is ever too big or small for him, anything that is asked he will indeed provide.”
Mickey will receive his award during a special virtual ceremony, which can be viewed live on the LGFA Facebook Page http://bit.ly/2OvUJ2D on Friday evening next, 12 February at 7.30pm.