ILLUSTRIOUS COMPANY?Outgoing Mayo Person of the Year John Walkin congratulates James Horan on his award at the Mayo Association’s press night in The Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. Included are fellow award winners Seamus Caulfield, Noel Conroy and Michael Feeney with Mayo Association President John Costello and Chairperson Carmel Heaney. ?Pic: Henry Wills
James Horan honoured as Mayo Person of the Year 2015
HE may have fallen just short of his ambition to bring Sam Maguire back to Mayo but the huge effort put in by James Horan in his four year term as manager of the Mayo Senior Football team has not gone unnoticed.
The Ballintubber man was named last Thursday evening as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Mayo Dublin Association’s Mayo Person of the Year award and he will receive the Virginia Gallagher Trophy at a gala banquet at the Ballsbridge Hotel on February 7 next.
The recipients of the 2015 Mayo Meitheal Award is the Dolmen Clubhouse Ltd (Dolmen Clubhouse Ballina and Cairde Clubhouse, Castlebar).
The independent panel of adjudicators who chose the winners were: Joanne Cantwell, RTÉ Sports Commentator; Merissa Carter, CEO, CocoBrown and Jack Teeling , Managing Director, Teeling Whisky.
In their citation, the adjudicators praised Horan’s unanimous conviction and commitment to Mayo, both as a footballer and a manager.
“James Horan’s role in playing football in the late 1990s won him All-Star awards and cemented his name among the finest Mayo players ever to wear the Green and Red. His role as manager of his native club Ballintubber in 2007 was key to guiding the team back to the senior ranks of county football and resulted in the club winning their first senior championship title.
“As manager of the Mayo senior team from 2010 until August 2014, James Horan succeeded in transforming the fortunes of the Mayo football team and giving Mayo people reason to dream and feel a sense of pride as the Mayo team played flowing, hard, honest football.
“In the last four years, his achievements in making the senior Mayo footballers the most consistent in the country has brought a sense of well-being and pride to every Mayo man and woman, not just in Ireland but around the world.”
The Dolmen Clubhouse Ltd (Dolmen Clubhouse Ballina and Cairde Club, Castlebar ) was set up in 2001 under the social economy programme to provide an out of hours drop in centre for mental health service users. With locations in Ballina and Castlebar, it provides a much needed facility for people with mental health issues, with its services delivering social, recreational and cultural amenities which can help reduce the risk of re-admission to hospital.
Dolmen Clubhouse Ltd brings lost members of community back into the fold as well as a place to go for people when they lose their way. It is a vital cog in the mental health services, a truly safe haven for people who otherwise would be left to their own devices, isolated and at home.
Tickets are presently on sale and given that demand is high, are being sold on a first come first served basis. Tickets are €65pp and can be reserved by sending advance payment to the Treasurer of Mayo Association Dublin, Mr Martin Snee, 3 Priory Walk, Whitehall Rd, Terenure, Dublin 12.
All queries on the upcoming event can be sent to either the Treasurer or Secretary of Muintir Mhaigh Eo Atha Cliath: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.