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Best friends share Young Player award

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ON THE DOUBLE Oisin Mullin from Kilmaine (left) and Tommy Conroy (The Neale) were joint winners of the Club Stars Young Player of the Year award. Pic: Michael Donnelly

Young Player of the Year
Ger Flanagan

THEY’RE best friends since First Year in school, neighbours in college in Galway now, travel buddies, Mayo team-mates and also the first ever joint winners of the Club Stars Young Footballer of the Year award.
Kimaine’s Oisin Mullin and The Neale’s Tommy Conroy made history last Saturday night at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport when they were both rewarded for their footballing exploits in 2019.
Mullin made a quick dash from from Ennis on Saturday afternoon to attend the event, having played an All-Ireland Junior club semi-final for Kilmaine only hours before receiving the award. He looks back on 2019 as a whirlwind year.
“It was a long 12 months now,” he told Master of Ceremonies Mike Finnerty. “It’s been week in and week out since last February, a lot of ups and downs.
“Between losing the Connacht Final with the [Mayo] under-20s, and then going straight into the seniors, and then back to the club, losing a County Final and then realising we had to go back again for Connacht...”
Tommy ‘Goals’ Conroy was equally as busy as his friend (and third cousin), playing a starring role in his club’s first ever Mayo Intermediate title victory.
“It was some achievement for the club,” he admitted. “A lot of hard work is going on right now, with the facilities, the underage coaches, it’s outrageous, so many people want to get involved.
“The team and the management get credit, but an awful lot must go to the people behind the scenes.”
The delightful duo brought the house down after an hilarious interview with Mike Finnerty, who described them as ‘two peas in a pod’.
“We go back to the same class in First Year, we went to [college in] Galway together and we’re neighbours now, there’s no getting away from him,” Oisin laughed.
“He’s my personal taxi!”
Tommy responded by saying his good friend was ‘a good passenger’.
They left the stage to a huge round of applause from the capacity crowd.

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