A FAMILY TRADITION Austin Henry from Tooreen, pictured here with his grandson Calum, will be honoured at the Club Stars awards next month.
A MAN who travels regularly from Morocco to Mayo to support the Tooreen hurlers has been chosen as the latest winner of the Club Stars ‘Supporter of the Year’ award.
Austin Henry, a former Tooreen and Mayo hurler, and the man who managed the county hurlers to their famous win over Waterford in the 1986 National League, will be presented with his award at the 15th annual Club Stars banquet in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport on Saturday, January 11 next.
The awards are being run in conjunction with AIB, O’Neills Sports and The Mayo News while 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.
Austin has been working in Tangier, Morocco for over 20 years, but travels home regularly for big Tooreen hurling games and Mayo football matches.
He is also known as a keen supporter of Tooreen and Na Brideoga camogie teams over the years, and is currently involved in a concerted effort to put together a five and ten year plan for Mayo hurling.
Austin intends to retire next year and is planning to be more involved than ever in both the Tooreen club and helping to map out the future of the Mayo hurling landscape.
“I was six years old when Tooreen Hurling Club was formed and I played senior for the club from a very young age,” Austin told The Mayo News. “Our shop and home [Maggie Henry’s shop] was the Tooreen Hurling ‘clubhouse’ really. It was in that kitchen and shop where lads gathered before games and came back again afterwards.
“That was where meetings were held and teams picked for many of these early years. I was ‘bottle fed’ on hurling growing up really!
“I’m 68 now and my passion and love of hurling and of Tooreen is as strong as ever,” he added.
“People like Michael Henry, Tony Henry and Michael Nolan played huge parts in forming the club and it’s great to see so many people working so hard now to carry on the tradition.
“There are many games I played and have long forgotten, but I’ll never forget the hundreds of people and friends that I played with.
“All of us in Tooreen have a great pride in our club and in the Green and Red of Mayo. I’d have to say that managing the Mayo team that beat Waterford all those years ago is the one win that means most to me.
“I’m delighted and humbled to accept this Club Stars award.”
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