Camogie Supremo and Hurling Giant are Tipperary Winners

Camogie Supremo and Hurling Giant are Tipperary Winners 

The winners of this year’s Awards were announced on Monday night by the Tipperary Association at a function in the Palace Bar in Dublin by its President, Michael Fenton.   The Tipperary Person of the Year is Liz Howard, President of Cumann Camogaiochta na nGael.   Liz has given a life time of service to Camogie, the GAA and to the cause of Tipperary.

Born in Carrick on Suir, near the home of Maurice Davin, to a family steeped in the GAA tradition it was almost inevitable that Gaelic games would play such an important part in her life.   Her father Garrett Howard won five senior hurling All Irelands, three with Limerick and two with Dublin as well as Railway Cup and National League medals and county championship medals in three counties.

While the family were based in Feakle, Co Clare, for a period in the early fifties, Liz as a young girl showed the first signs of her organisational ability. With her sisters and some local girls a camogie club was started in Feakle, leading to a revival of camogie in East Clare and the formation of Clare County Camogie Board.

When the family returned to Newtown in Tipperary she played for Knockshegowna and Roscrea, with whom she won a county championship medal. As a member of the Tipperary team she won a Munster Senior Championship medal and the inaugural National League in 1977.

Liz moved to Dublin to join the Civil Service and then on to Aer Lingus to begin her rise up the Management structure of that organisation. She quickly continued her camogie career with the Dublin club Celtic with whom she won a county championship and then with the Dublin county team.

In the late 1970’s, Liz caused a fundamental change to what was then known as the Tipperary Men’s Association by being elected the first woman President and led the Association with distinction for many years. She was a member of the first committee of the Tipperary Supporters Club in 1986.

Despite her busy schedule with Aer Lingus first as cabin crew and later in Personnel, Liz used her communication skills to best effect finding the time to begin a long involvement with the Tipperary County Board as its PRO in 1980. When the Sunday Game started on RTE in 1988, Liz used these same skills as resident analyst for three years. She continues to contribute to radio and television sports programmes.

Liz has served on many GAA committees at national level, she was a member of the Increased Participation Work Group and chaired the first ever ‘Forum for Women in Gaelic Games’ in 2000.
Having risen to Senior Management level in Aer Lingus it probably was inevitable that her skill and experience would be recognised at national level in the GAA and it came as no surprise when Liz was invited on to camogie’s Management Committee in time to prepare for its centenary celebrations in 2004.

Liz Howard’s ability as a formidable and farseeing administrator was formally ratified in March 2006 when she was elected President of Cumann Camogaiochta na nGael. She could now direct and lead camogie into a new era and open up the gates to progress and heighten camogies image for a more demanding audience.

Despite her busy schedule Liz has not lost her links with Burgess and with Tipperary and never will, but for the present she has found her niche in the role to which she was elected and camogie will have benefited hugely from the leadership and inspiration that Liz brings to her position.

Hall of Fame Award.

The winner of the Hall of Fame Award is the legendary Tipperary hurler Tony Wall.

A native of Thurles, Tony attended the local Christian Brothers school and was a member of the team that brought them two Harty Cup trophies in 1951 and 1952.  His special talent had already come to the attention of the Tipperary selectors and Tony was selected on the county minor team in 1950. Tipp won the Munster title but lost to Kilkenny in the final. Tony was again on the unsuccessful 1951 team but in 1952 Tony was appointed captain and Tipperary went on to win the Munster and All Ireland titles.

Not long after leaving school Tony joined the Army Cadets and almost immediately became part of the Tipperary senior panel. He played in the 1954 senior championship at left half back and moved to centre half back when Pat Stakelum retired after the 1957 season. Tony had gained a county championship title in 1952 with Thurles Sarsfields while still a minor and became a vital member of an amazing club side that would rule Tipperary hurling for many years

This period of Thurles domination of Tipperary hurling brought with it success at county level. Tony captained the Tipperary team that won the All Ireland in 1958, starting what was one of the great eras of Tipperary hurling. Further titles followed in 1961, 62, 64 and 65. In 1962 accepted the McCarthy Cup on behalf of his clubmate Jimmy Doyle who had been injured during that final. Apart from his 5 All Ireland medals, Tony won 8 Munster titles and 7 National League medals, as well as 5 Railway Cup titles.

With Thurles Sarsfields, Tony won an amazing 11 county titles. One as a minor in 1952, followed by what Tony describes as the “two fives”, five consecutive titles between 1955 and 59 and five again between 1961 and 65. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Texaco Award as Hurler of the Year in 1958.  Tony had a brief period in Management of the county team in 1986.

Tony had a very successful career as an Irish Army officer, serving as Adjutantgeneral of the Army at the pinnacle of his career.  Away from hurling Tony Wall has excelled at golf, winning 5 All Army Golf Championships, a feat only achieved previously by Jimmy Cooney, remembered for what has become known as the “Cooney case” in the late 1930’s.
Tony has represented Clontarf Golf Club for many years, and is a winner of the prestigious Lord Mayors Cup. He is still a member of the the club team competing in the JB Carr Cup.  Last year Tony was elected as President of Clontarf Golf Club and is leading the Club through the most important period of its long history when the sale of its present lands and a move to another location is being considered. We can think of no better a leader to guide them this year, the 50th anniversary of his leading Tipperary to All Ireland honours on 1958.

The Press reception was sponsored by Diagio Ireland and the Hall of Fame Award by Louis Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald Group

The Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Friday April 18th in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel and tickets at Euro 55 per head are available from;
Liam Myles 01-8459517
Pat Ryan 087-6376663
Michael Fenton 086-2550073

Special overnight rates are available in the hotel for guests attending the dinner.

Further information from Michael Fenton 086-2550073

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Camogie Supremo and Hurling Giant are Tipperary Winners

Camogie Supremo and Hurling Giant are Tipperary Winners

The winners of this year’s Awards were announced on Monday night by the Tipperary Association at a function in the Palace Bar in Dublin by its President, Michael Fenton.

The Tipperary Person of the Year is Liz Howard, President of Cumann Camogaiochta na nGael.  Liz has given a life time of service to Camogie, the GAA and to the cause of Tipperary.

Born in Carrick on Suir, near the home of Maurice Davin, to a family steeped in the GAA tradition it was almost inevitable that Gaelic games would play such an important part in her life.  Her father Garrett Howard won five senior hurling All Irelands, three with Limerick and two with Dublin as well as Railway Cup and National League medals and county championship medals in three counties.

While the family were based in Feakle, Co Clare, for a period in the early fifties, Liz as a young girl showed the first signs of her organisational ability. With her sisters and some local girls a camogie club was started in Feakle, leading to a revival of camogie in East Clare and the formation of Clare County Camogie Board.

When the family returned to Newtown in Tipperary she played for Knockshegowna and Roscrea, with whom she won a county championship medal. As a member of the Tipperary team she won a Munster Senior Championship medal and the inaugural National League in 1977.

Liz moved to Dublin to join the Civil Service and then on to Aer Lingus to begin her rise up the Management structure of that organisation. She quickly continued her camogie career with the Dublin club Celtic with whom she won a county championship and then with the Dublin county team.

In the late 1970’s, Liz caused a fundamental change to what was then known as the Tipperary Men’s Association by being elected the first woman President and led the Association with distinction for many years. She was a member of the first committee of the Tipperary Supporters Club in 1986.

Despite her busy schedule with Aer Lingus first as cabin crew and later in Personnel, Liz used her communication skills to best effect finding the time to begin a long involvement with the Tipperary County Board as its PRO in 1980. When the Sunday Game started on RTE in 1988, Liz used these same skills as resident analyst for three years. She continues to contribute to radio and television sports programmes.

Liz has served on many GAA committees at national level, she was a member of the Increased Participation Work Group and chaired the first ever ‘Forum for Women in Gaelic Games’ in 2000.  Having risen to Senior Management level in Aer Lingus it probably was inevitable that her skill and experience would be recognised at national level in the GAA and it came as no surprise when Liz was invited on to camogie’s Management Committee in time to prepare for its centenary celebrations in 2004.

Liz Howard’s ability as a formidable and farseeing administrator was formally ratified in March 2006 when she was elected President of Cumann Camogaiochta na nGael. She could now direct and lead camogie into a new era and open up the gates to progress and heighten camogies image for a more demanding audience.

Despite her busy schedule Liz has not lost her links with Burgess and with Tipperary and never will, but for the present she has found her niche in the role to which she was elected and camogie will have benefited hugely from the leadership and inspiration that Liz brings to her position.

Hall of Fame Award.

The winner of the Hall of Fame Award is the legendary Tipperary hurler Tony Wall.

A native of Thurles, Tony attended the local Christian Brothers school and was a member of the team that brought them two Harty Cup trophies in 1951 and 1952.  His special talent had already come to the attention of the Tipperary selectors and Tony was selected on the county minor team in 1950. Tipp won the Munster title but lost to Kilkenny in the final. Tony was again on the unsuccessful 1951 team but in 1952 Tony was appointed captain and Tipperary went on to win the Munster and All Ireland titles.

Not long after leaving school Tony joined the Army Cadets and almost immediately became part of the Tipperary senior panel. He played in the 1954 senior championship at left half back and moved to centre half back when Pat Stakelum retired after the 1957 season. Tony had gained a county championship title in 1952 with Thurles Sarsfields while still a minor and became a vital member of an amazing club side that would rule Tipperary hurling for many years

This period of Thurles domination of Tipperary hurling brought with it success at county level. Tony captained the Tipperary team that won the All Ireland in 1958, starting what was one of the great eras of Tipperary hurling. Further titles followed in 1961, 62, 64 and 65. In 1962 accepted the McCarthy Cup on behalf of his clubmate Jimmy Doyle who had been injured during that final. Apart from his 5 All Ireland medals, Tony won 8 Munster titles and 7 National League medals, as well as 5 Railway Cup titles.

With Thurles Sarsfields, Tony won an amazing 11 county titles. One as a minor in 1952, followed by what Tony describes as the “two fives”, five consecutive titles between 1955 and 59 and five again between 1961 and 65. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Texaco Award as Hurler of the Year in 1958.

Tony had a brief period in Management of the county team in 1986.  Tony had a very successful career as an Irish Army officer, serving as Adjutantgeneral of the Army at the pinnacle of his career

Away from hurling Tony Wall has excelled at golf, winning 5 All Army Golf Championships, a feat only achieved previously by Jimmy Cooney, remembered for what has become known as the “Cooney case” in the late 1930’s.  Tony has represented Clontarf Golf Club for many years, and is a winner of the prestigious Lord Mayors Cup. He is still a member of the the club team competing in the JB Carr Cup.    Last year Tony was elected as President of Clontarf Golf Club and is leading the Club through the most important period of its long history when the sale of its present lands and a move to another location is being considered. We can think of no better a leader to guide them this year, the 50th anniversary of his leading Tipperary to All Ireland honours on 1958.

The Press reception was sponsored by Diagio Ireland and the Hall of Fame Award by Louis Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald Group

The Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Friday April 18th in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel and tickets at Euro 55 per head are available from;
Liam Myles        01-8459517
Pat Ryan            087-6376663
Michael Fenton   086-2550073

Special overnight rates are available in the hotel for guests attending the dinner.

Further information from Michael Fenton 086-2550073

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