Saturday, 17 March 2012

"Fitzhenry clan set for Presidential honours"

Published earlier this week (15th March) in the Gorey Echo (County Wexford, Ireland). Congratulations to the Fitzhenry brothers (Damien, Mark, Tom, Séamus, John, Martin, Gerard, Noel, Paddy and Fran) who represented their club and county at both hurling and Gaelic football
THE GREAT Fitzhenry clan of Duffry Rovers fame are set to be honoured by the GAA at the President’s Awards this Friday night in Croke Park.

The family have been synonymous with the club’s greatest successes, with the 10 brothers having campaigned in the green-white-and-gold in addition to also serving Wexford in both codes and at the highest levels with plenty of distinction.

The women didn’t sit back and admire their brothers’ exploits though, as the three sisters, Tina, Mary and Ann starred in camogie circles.

The President’s Awards have been in operation for quite some time.

But the Family Acknowledgement Award was only introduced last year, when the family of the late Dermot Earley of Roscommon and Kildare renown were honoured.

Indeed, this award is now known as the Dermot Earley Family Award, and the Fitzhenrys are very deserving to be the second-ever recipients after a lifetime of outstanding service to Gaelic games, from their talents on the playing fields, to management, club administration and even match-commentary, with the award being presented in acknowledgement of outstanding family contribution to the GAA.

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