Garrymore’s Bertie joins Hall of Fame


STALWART Bertie McHugh of Garrymore GAA club.

Mike Finnerty

A MAN who has ‘devoted his whole life to Garrymore GAA club’ will be inducted into the Club Stars ‘Hall of Fame’ at this season’s awards ceremony next month.
Bertie McHugh, who served his native club as both a player and manager, before going on to hold a host of key roles in the Garrymore executive over the years, was selected for the prestigious accolade to mark decades of dedicated service to the legendary South Mayo club.
Garry’ also celebrated 50 consecutive years playing in the Mayo senior club championship in 2019, and the fact that Bertie McHugh managed them to that 1969 Intermediate title will add a nice symmetry to the occasion.
Bertie will be presented with the Hall of Fame award on Saturday, January 11 at the Club Stars banquet in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport.
Proceeds from this year’s awards are being donated to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
“Bertie has devoted his whole life to Garrymore GAA club and had a hand in everything that happened and was done for more than 50 years,” explained former Garrymore and Mayo footballer, Billy Fitzpatrick, who is also a previous Club Stars ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee.
“The pitch, the complex and so many of the big projects taken on by the club over the years have Bertie’s fingerprints on them,” he added.
“And, of course, he was also the man who fundraised in New York back in the 1960s to buy the famous Exiles Cup. He was the driving force behind the competition which became famous until it was retired a few years ago after 50 great years.
“Even to this day he’s still very involved, going to games, keeping scores and he’d be known to have a quiet word in a referee’s ear too if it were needed!” joked Billy.
Bertie’s sons Danny, TJ, Kevin and John also lined out with Garrymore over the years.
Danny, who also played minor and Under-21 football for Mayo, was recently elected as the Garrymore GAA club chairman.
The Club Stars Team of the Year will be revealed on Saturday, January 11, as well as the ‘Players of the Year’ in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships respectively.
The ‘Young Player of the Year’, ‘Spirit of Mayo - Personality of the Year,  ’Supporter of the Year’, ‘Volunteer of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Contribution to Hurling’ and Special Achievement award winners will also be honoured.