Colm Cooper Collects Kerry Person Of The Year Award

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Colm Cooper with retired Kerry footballers Aidan O’Mahony and Paul Galvin at the awards night.

BEFORE helping Dr Crokes to the Club Championship title yesterday, Colm Cooper was in Dublin on Friday night to collect the Kerry Person Of The Year Award.

Oiche Chiarraí 2018, the flagship event in the annual calendar of the Kerry Association in Dublin, took place in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin.

The five Special Olympics clubs of Kerry were presented with the Laochra Chiarraí 2018 award on the night by the President of the Kerry Association in Dublin, Christy McCarthy, while legendary GAA footballer, Colm Cooper, was presented with the 2018 Kerry Person of the Year award by Keelin Kissane, Chairperson of the Association.

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President Christy McCarthy led a round of applause in tribute to the 2017 Kerry Person of the Year, Kerry hospice fundraiser, Ted Moynihan, who sadly passed away in February.

Colm with girlfriend Céitilís Ní Bheaglaoich in Dublin at the weekend.

The Special Olympics Clubs of Kerry, which comprise Kerry Stars, Tralee Together, Skellig Stars, North Kerry Eagles, and the Kerry Fairways Golf Society received the 2018 Laochra Chiarraí award in recognition of their tireless and valuable work in enabling those in our community with an intellectual disability to achieve and win, not only in sport, but also in life.

The Laochra Chiarraí Award, introduced just over three years ago, recognises exemplary leadership in community activity in the county.

A great crowd of athletes, parents and volunteers were in attendance on the night.

The Kerry Person of the Year award, now in its thirty ninth year, recognises an individual who has shown leadership, brought honour to the county, and performed services for the county to such an extent that could be described as being beyond the norm of everyday life.

Like the Laochra Chiarraí award, this award is based on nominations by the public and the final selection is made by the Kerry Association committee. It is something particularly special to the winners that it is an honour bestowed on them, by their own people, the people of Kerry.

During her tribute to Colm Cooper, Kerry Association Chairperson Keelin Kissane, noted that the award was presented in recognition of the enormous contribution he has made to Kerry and for the joy, honour and pride that he has brought to the county by his exceptional ability and humility and good grace on and off the field.

He is one of the most admired figures in the history of the GAA and has provided us with many moments of magic.

A large crowd of Colm’s family and friends from Killarney and beyond were in attendance on the night.

The Committee of the Kerry Association in Dublin would like to thank all of those attended, our long-time sponsor, Kerry Group, Dingle Distillery who provided the lovely Dingle Gin reception on the night, and all those who contributed raffle prizes. All raffle proceeds will be shared between the Special Olympics Clubs of Kerry and Colm Cooper’s nominated charity, the Kerry Parents and Friends.

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