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Marc Ó Sé is Club Stars special guest


LIFTING SAM Former Kerry footballer Marc Ó Sé is pictured with his nephew Niel Ó Sé and the Sam Maguire Cup after the 2014 All-Ireland SFC Final. Pic: Sportsfile


Mike Finnerty

FIVE-TIME All-Ireland senior football medal winner Marc Ó Sé will be the special guest at the Club Stars awards on Saturday, January 11 next.
The Kerry legend, who won Celtic Crosses in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2014, also won ten Munster championship medals and is a three-time All Star award winner.
The 39 year-old, who also played in an All-Ireland club final with An Ghaeltacht, was named ‘Footballer of the Year’ in 2007.
“I’m really looking forward to my trip to Westport,” the 39 year-old told The Mayo News.
“The club is the bedrock of the GAA and I know that first-hand through my experience with An Ghaeltacht in West Kerry. Club football is serious business in Kerry and the volunteers who run the clubs and coach teams are what makes the GAA so special.
“So I’m a great believer in acknowledging and celebrating club volunteers and people who have given so much to the GAA. It should be a great night, for a great cause.”
The ‘full house’ signs will be up for the 15th annual Club Stars awards — which are run in association with AIB, O’Neills Sports and The Mayo News.
Proceeds from the night are being donated to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
Among the guests on the night will be Mayo manager James Horan, 2017 Footballer of the Year, Andy Moran, and current All Star Paddy Durcan.
The Club Stars judges met recently to select the 15 players and five replacements that will make up the 2019 ‘Team of the Year’.
“It doesn’t get any easier!” laughed John Casey, the well-known RTE Radio GAA pundit.
“The quality of the Mayo club championships means that selecting a shortlist of nominees is difficult, and that’s before you get started on trying to pick a team.
“I’m a veteran of the Club Stars awards, as a player and now as a judge,” added the former Mayo star. “I know what it’s like to be there as a nominee and as a winner, and it’s a lovely night for families, friends, team-mates and club people who have worked so hard to get there.”

Special achievement
MEANWHILE, Tooreen Hurling Club will be presented with a ‘Special Achievement’ award at the Club Stars banquet to mark another remarkably successful season for the club’s senior hurlers.
Tooreen retained their Mayo SHC title and went on to win the Connacht Intermediate club championship crown for the second time in three years by beating Kinvara of Galway.
The East Mayo side now face Cork and Munster champions, Fr O’Neills, in the All-Ireland IHC semi-final on Saturday, January 4 in Tullamore.

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