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Jimmy wins Club Stars hurling award


FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME Jimmy Martin will be presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution To Hurling’ award at the Club Stars banquet next month. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Jimmy Martin to receive Club Stars hurling award

Mike Finnerty

ONE of the main driving forces behind the glory years for hurling in North Mayo will be presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Hurling’ award at the Club Stars banquet next month.
Jimmy Martin from Tynagh in Co Galway, who has been living in Crossmolina since 1976, will receive the prestigious trophy at the 14th annual Club Stars banquet in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport on Saturday, January 12 next.
The awards are being run in conjunction with The Mayo News, O’Neills Sports and AIB while the proceeds from this season’s Club Stars banquet will be donated to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
Tickets are currently on sale at www.clubstars.ie
The Club Stars ‘Outstanding Contribution to Hurling’ award is dedicated to the late Adrian Freeman, who hurled with Tooreen and Mayo until his tragic death in 2010.
Jimmy Martin hurled with Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry in Galway before his work with Cóillte took him to the likes of Strokestown, Co Roscommon, Ballygar, Co Galway and Castlepollard, Co Westmeath.
His first involvement with the GAA in North Mayo was with the Gortnor Abbey camogie team and he helped them to win county titles in 1979 and 1980.
He was then asked to get involved in growing the game of hurling in North Mayo, a project which developed on the back of Galway’s All-Ireland win in 1980.
Jimmy hurled with the North Mayo senior team in 1986 and 1987 but had just hung up his boots when they won an historic county senior title in 1988.
However, he was a selector that famous season and went on to manage the North Mayo seniors from 1989 to 2001, during which time they played in three successive county finals, losing two of them narrowly.
Jimmy was also involved in coaching with the James Stephens club in Ballina up until 2008, helping them to win two county senior titles during that time in 1996 and 2007.
He continued to coach in national schools around north Mayo in the years that followed, and remains a keen hurling supporter.
The genial Galway native retains his love of hurling to this day and was among the huge crowd at the recent Connacht Intermediate club final between Oranmore-Maree and Tooreen.
Jimmy follows in the footsteps of previous winners of this award such as Jackie Coyne from Tooreen, Pete Higgins from Ballyhaunis, Belmullet’s Martin Linnane, Stephen Broderick from Westport and Joe Henry of Tooreen.