THE ‘Manager of the Year’ accolade will again be shared between two championship-winning management teams at The Mayo News/O’Neills Club Stars awards on Friday, January 19 next.
Castlebar Mitchels joint managers Declan O’Reilly and Declan Shaw, and Lahardane boss John Maughan, were selected as ‘joint winners’ of the award by the Club Stars judging panel after leading their teams to silverware in 2017.
The winners will be presented with their trophies at the 13th annual Mayo News/O’Neills Club Stars (in association with AIB) on Friday, January 19 in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport.
All the proceeds from the night are being donated to the 2017 Club Stars charity partner, Enable Ireland.
Castlebar’s O’Reilly and Shaw — who stepped down from their positions recently — led Mitchels to a third successive Mayo SFC title last season and were desperately unlucky to lose the Connacht club decider after extra-time to Corofin.
Meanwhile, former Mayo manager John Maughan masterminded a famous first Mayo Junior championship title for Lahardane, and they added the Connacht crown last month.
In fact, Maughan will bring his team into battle again the day after the Club Stars awards as they face Multyfarnham of Westmeath in the All-Ireland semi-final.
“What Declan O’Reilly and Declan Shaw did with Castlebar Mitchels in 2017 was both historic and remarkable in its own right. Three in a row is a magnificent achievement,” said former Knockmore manager Eamonn Clarke, one of the Club Stars judges.
“And John Maughan has worked wonders in Lahardane in his first season, they’re just an hour from Croke Park, and that deserves to be recognised too.”
Clubs singled out for ‘special’ awards
THE achievements of the club footballers of Westport, the hurlers of Tooreen and the ladies of Carnacon will also be acknowledged on the night of the Club Stars awards next month.
All three GAA clubs will be presented with ‘Special Achievement’ awards to mark their stellar 2017 seasons which led to a plethora of cups and trophies making their way to their respective clubhouses.
Westport GAA will be honoured for winning both the All-Ireland Intermediate club championship title last February and the club’s first ever Mayo Under-21 ‘A’ championship earlier this month.
Tooreen, meanwhile, have been singled out for managing to make history by becoming the first club outside Galway to win the Connacht Intermediate club championship crown.
And, not to be outdone, the Carnacon ladies footballers went all the way to All-Ireland club glory again earlier this month when they proved too strong for Mourneabbey of Cork.
It was the West Mayo women’s first All-Ireland club win since 2013.