25 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Last Saturday night the 19th November 440 guests attended the GAA Handball All-Star Awards in Croke Park which proved to be another resounding success at the prestigious black-tie event.
The night was again expertly hosted by RTE’s combination of Marty Morrissey and Evanne Ní Chuillin while Uachtaráin CLG, Christy Cooney, provided an inspiring speech to the appreciative crowd in which he again re-iterated that the outstanding progress being made by GAA Handball would continue to receive full backing and support from the GAA. He highlighted the World Championship plans for the Citywest Hotel in October 2012 as innovative and inspiring for the game and felt it would have an incredible impact on the sport both in Ireland and around the World. In addition he pointed out that ongoing work to finalise the new World class National Handball Arena at Croke Park would see this hugely exciting project get underway in the very near future.
On the night, Co. Monaghan was represented by Conor McDonnell and James Fealy in the Official of the Year and the Special Achievement categories respectively. Although neither took the national award, both men were very worthy Ulster winners. The main awards namely the Male Player of the Year was won by Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) and the Female Player of the Year was won by Maria Daly (Kerry).

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