THERE are seventeen different nominees and combinations of nominees for the Offaly Association Dublin, Offaly Person of the Year Award 2010.
The award will be presented at the Offaly Association’s annual dinner dance at the Burlington Hotel on Saturday, April 2.
GOAL workers Ronan Scully and Darren Hanniffy are nominated twice.
The following have been short-listed;
Ricey & Ronan Scully
The well-known father and son combination have spearheaded numerous fundraising campaigns in aid of the poorest regions in the world to great effect over a number of years. Ronan has helped to raise more than €19 million through his involvement with GOAL, with his GOAL GAA Jersey Day a huge success. Ricey has joined forces with his son in many of his fundraising drives for the poorest of the poor at home and abroad and using his daily show on Midlands Radio 3 as a vehicle to drive this. In GAA, both men represented Offaly at all grades.
Joachim Kelly’s Offaly hurling career spanned from 1975 until 1993. During that time he was prominent in Offaly’s remarkable rise to hurling’s top table, collecting 7 Leinster titles, 2 All Irelands and 2 All Stars along the way. In 2008 Joachim was appointed Offaly camogie manager. In his first season in charge, Offaly were heartbreakingly beaten in the All Ireland Junior final by a late Clare goal. One year later, his Offaly side made amends taking the title against Waterford and gaining promotion to Intermediate level.
In 2010 Offaly reached the Intermediate final and duly took him the cup after defeating Wexford. Having gained promotion to Senior ranks, Offaly camogie is now at an all time high.
Darren has featured prominently in the national news given his work in earthquake stricken Haiti where he is now GOAL’s Country Director there. The Birr man has travelled abroad on several occasions over the past decade to lend aid to the poorest and most underdeveloped regions in the world in a range of different roles. A talented sportsman as well, Darren scored the game-breaking goal for Birr in the 1998 All-Ireland club final against Sarsfields and featured for Offaly in the All-Ireland final defeat of Kilkenny later that year.
In 2010 Shane was a pivotal figure in Offaly’s memorable hurling summer. Throughout the season he was Offaly’s most prolific forward from frees and open play.In consecutive Leinster championship games against Antrim and Galway Shane was required to hold his nerve to rescue draws from placed balls with the last puck of the game. He was Offaly’s sole All Star nominee and was perhaps a little unlucky not to gain Offaly’s first award in a decade. For Tullamore, he was hugely reliable and relied upon as the Blues challenged for honours in both hurling and football.
Thirteen year old Kelley Farrell from Daingean was named Young Carer of the Year in 2010. Kelley has been providing care for her mother Nuala since she was nine years old. Nuala is unable to look after herself due to a very serious back injury and three major failed back operations. Kelley is an only child, and with her father Sean having to work, Kelley has taken on the caring role. Kelley is up at 7am every morning to give her mother her breakfast and help her wash. After school, Kelley helps with the cleaning and other household chores. Kelley is described as always being cheerful, full of life and an inspiration to all adults.
Niall was once again the outstanding player for both Rhode and Offaly in 2010. Clearly hampered by injury, he was still Offaly’s most dangerous forward in the championship opener against Meath. Later on in the campaign he was instrumental in Offaly almost toppling the All Ireland finalists Down in the Qualifiers. For Rhode he captained the East Offaly men to regaining their Offaly senior title and typically gave a man of the match performance in the County Final win over Clara. His call up to represent Ireland in the International Rules series was fitting recognition of his talents.
In 2010 Shinrone’s Michaela Morkan captained the Offaly side to their historic All Ireland Intermediate championship title following the win over Wexford. Her commanding performances from centre back were recognised she won a Intermediate Soaring Star award. Michaela also holds the distinction of being Offaly’s first camogie All Star in 2008 and has represented Leinster at Inter-provincial level.
The Edenderry native has established himself as one of the country’s most popular comedians mainly through his appearances on RTE show The Panel and Neil Delamere’s Just for Laughs on a weekly basis, as well as numerous other television slots on RTE and BBC.
Johnny McEvoy is best known for his folk songs, many of which he has written himself. He is most famous for the song “Nora”, sometimes known as “Maggie”, “The Boston Burglar” and Michael Collins”. His most famous hit was Mursheen Durkin, with which he hit No 1 in 1966 in Ireland and was followed by “The Black Velvet Band”. His renown is worldwide and he has spent many years travelling and performing.
Joe’s son Patrick was 16 years old when he was killed when a no-warning car bomb exploded in Belturbet Co. Cavan in 1972. Since then Joe has worked continually for justice for those killed during the Troubles.
Nigel Reams is the founder and Managing Director of R&R Mechanical. The Offaly-based mechanical engineering company recently won a €4 million EU grant to develop a groundbreaking technology to cool solar power plants.
The firm will also be involved in the construction of a so-called peaking plant in Lumcloon Offaly, which will provide efficient backup to the electricity grid when the wind isn’t blowing.
Fr Liam Lawton
Edenderry’s Fr Liam Lawton is an internationally renowned singer and composer. In 2003 he was signed to the EMI label and his first album in 2004, Another World, featured the likes of Brian Kennedy, the Celtic Tenors, Fionnuala Sherry, Moya Brennan, Eimear Quinn and Roisin O’Reilly and went double platinum. Liam has recorded 12 albums to date and has achieved Platinum Status for his recordings on the EMI label. His nationwide tours have been hugely successful and he has sold out the National Concert Hall on numerous occasions. His new album, Courage can Cry, has just been released.
Rhode jockey Pat Smullen is a six-time winner of the Irish Flat Jockey’s Championship and previously was a winner of the Budweiser Irish Derby and Irish St Leger, which saw him honoured as Texaco Sport star of the Year for racing in 2004.
He rode his first winner in 1993, his first Grade One winner four years later and his first classic was his maiden St Leger success in 2001. In 2010, he won the Ascot Gold Cup and the Irish 1,000 Guineas as well as retained his Irish Flat Jockey’s Championship once again. He rightly ranks alongside any of Offaly’s sporting greats.
Johnny Butterfield was first elected to Offaly County Council in 1967 and held his seat until 1999 before reclaiming it in the local elections of 2004. He has also campaigned on a number of issues over the years including farming and housing through his involvement in Macra na Feirme and more recently as chairman of the Mid-Offaly Housing Association.
The family run Glenisk business based in Newtown, Killeigh was established in 1987 and is an offshoot of another successful family business, Tullamore Dairies.
The business has been transformed into an international success story producing a growing range of environmentally conscious and premium quality organic dairy produce utilising fully certified Irish organic milk as well as providing local employment.
Darren Hanniffy & Ronan Scully
Darren and Ronan have been nominated for their huge contributions to international humanitarian efforts. Both men have dedicated their time and expertise for the last number of years towards easing the suffering of some of the world’s most impoverished people.
John completed a run of 25 years in local politics when he vacated his seat on Tullamore Town Council ahead of the 2008 local elections. A successful businessman, he played a major role in establishing Tullamore as one of the most attractive locations in the midlands, with his own Tullamore Court Hotel also much appreciated among the disabled community for its accessibility. His business, John Flanagan and Son, has been at the coalface of major building developments in locality.Has also been actively involved in the Tullamore Youth Club and numerous other committees in the area.