THE Offaly Express has been selected as the ‘Provincial Newspaper of the Year’ in the annual Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael Media Awards.
The award is in recognition of the newspaper’s comprehesive coverage of camogie during 2010 including feature supplements in advance of and following Offaly’s historic march to Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Championship glory last September.
The Cumann Camógaíochta Media Awards will be presented this Saturday evening at a ceremony in Croke Park.
This will be the third award picked up by the Offaly Express sport team in recent years.
In 1998, Alan Walsh received a GAA McNamee Award in the category of Best Article in a Provincial Newspaper on the All-Ireland Series following his interview with then Offaly senior hurling manager Michael Bond. The article was entitled ‘Bond’s magic wand transformed Offaly’ and the presentation was made by former GAA President Joe McDonagh in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.
While the Offaly Express was also recognised for its coverage of Community Games affairs, accepting a South Midland Construction / Community Media Award from then Community Games National President George O’Toole in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
This weekend is a significant one for Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael as it commemorates the memory of the late Biddy Phillips with the launch of the Inaugural Camogie Legends seven-a-side tournament on Saturday at St Jude’s GAA Club, Dublin.
The Camogie Legends Cup will be named in honour of the late Phillips, a national camogie referee and administrator, who passed away on July 6, 2010.
Phillips managed Tipperary to their first Senior Camogie All Ireland title in 1999. She was a long serving member of the Camogie Association serving on the National Referees Committee. She took charge of the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final in 2007 and was also referee for the Intermediate, Junior & Senior Club All Ireland Finals between 1993 and 1999. She also acted as treasurer of Tipperary Camogie Board from 1988 to 2000.
Camogie Association, President Joan O’Flynn remarked, “Biddy’s commitment to camogie on and off the field was exceptional. She gave wonderful service to Tipperary Camogie, Munster Camogie Council and also at National level. The Camogie Association is honoured to have the opportunity to commemorate the memory of Biddy with the Inaugural Legends Tournament and we look forward to a great event on the day.”
The Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael awards will be presented later that Saturday evening
.It isn’t the first occasion that Offaly has been honoured in the Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael Media Awards scheme as local historian and Tullamore native Paul Rouse received an award after he penned ‘Pride and Passion - A History of Offaly Camogie’ in 2009 with much assistance from former President of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael Miriam O’Callaghan.