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Parsons is ‘Personality of the Year’


CROWD FAVOURITE Tom Parsons received a standing ovation from Mayo supporters when he arrived at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick back in June after suffering a serious injury a few weeks earlier. Pic: Sportsfile


Mike Finnerty

INJURED Mayo footballer Tom Parsons will become the first recipient of the ‘Neill O’Neill Perpetual Trophy’ when he is presented with the ‘Personality of the Year’ award at the annual Club Stars banquet on January 12 next.
Parsons, who suffered serious leg and knee injuries during Mayo’s defeat to Galway in the Connacht SFC last May, was selected by the judging panel for the positive and determined way in which he has dealt with his injury, and the impact he has made on the wider community as a Mayo GAA ambassador.
The organisers of the Club Stars felt that dedicating the ‘Personality of the Year’ award to the late Managing Editor of The Mayo News, Neill O’Neill, would be an appropriate way to mark his contribution to both The Mayo News and the Club Stars awards over many years.
Neill passed away in October 2017.
The ‘Personality of the Year’ award is presented each year to a person who promotes Mayo and the GAA in a positive and inspirational way on a local and national level.
Recent winners include Footballer of the Year recipients Lee Keegan and Andy Moran.
“I’ve known Tom Parsons a long time, and to see the way that he has dealt with such an horrific injury and such a big setback, has been inspiring to so many people,” said Club Stars judge, John Casey.
“He’s got such a positive outlook and such a determination to recover, and that has really struck a chord with Mayo people all over the world. To see the reaction he got from Mayo supporters in Limerick and Thurles before the Qualifier matches during the summer spoke volumes about the respect that Mayo people have for Tom.”
The Charlestown native will be presented with the award at the 14th annual Club Stars banquet – which is being run in conjunction with The Mayo News, O’Neills and AIB – on Saturday, January 12 next at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.
Tickets (which cost €65) go on sale for the event today (Tuesday) and are all being sold online this year at www.clubstars.ie
The Club Stars awards have always been a sold-out event over the years, and this time around is expected to be no exception. A number of other award winners will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information visit www.clubstars.ie

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