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Davitts’ Joe is ‘Volunteer of the Year’


A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Joe Reapy of Davitts GAA club will be presented with the Club Stars ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport on Saturday, January 12.

Mike Finnerty

THE long-serving PRO of Davitts GAA club, Joe Reapy, has been chosen as the latest winner of the Club Stars ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award.
Joe will be presented with the prestigious trophy at the 14th annual Club Stars banquet in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport on Saturday, January 12 next.
The awards are being run in conjunction with The Mayo News, O’Neills Sports and AIB while the 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
The Club Stars ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award is dedicated to the memory of the late Seán Staunton, the former editor of The Mayo News, who passed away four years ago.
Seán was well-known for his volunteer work in many different walks of life, and was a great believer in the power and spirit of community development and the importance of the role of the GAA volunteer in rural Ireland.
“Joe Reapy is one of those people that makes a GAA club tick,” said Austin Garvin of the Club Stars selection committee.
“He was a committed and talented player with Davitts all through his career, and he went on to give of his time freely with underage teams and as an officer of the club.
“He’s a passionate Davitts supporter, and has thrown his weight behind everything from fund-raisers to dinner dances to the development of the club’s facilities in Ballindine.
“A huge amount of people worked incredibly hard to make the new facilities which were opened last year a reality, and Joe was one of those people.
“His professionalism and unwavering commitment to his duties as Davitts PRO has never waned either, and he’s always a pleasure to deal with when you visit Ballindine to cover a game.
“Joe is a deserving winner of the Volunteer award this year.”
Joe Reapy played with Davitts GAA club for many years, winning County Under-21 ‘A’ championship medals with the South Mayo club in 1984 and 1985 (as captain) and he went on to line out with their senior team until his retirement in 1998.
Over the intervening years he has coached and managed underage teams and was also involved as a selector with the Davitts senior side.

Golden Boot awards
MEANWHILE, Ballintubber’s Cillian O’Connor and John Gallagher of Mayo Gaels will be presented with the Mayo SFC and IFC top scorer awards respectively at the Club Stars ceremony.
O’Connor topped the charts again this year after shooting 1-41 in six games as Ballintubber reclaimed the Moclair Cup, while Gallagher scooped the Golden Boot after helping the Gaels to retain their Intermediate status for 2019 via the play-offs.
The teenager scored 3-35 in five championship games.

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