Rebel Óg awards honour the games’ rising stars

Rebel Óg awards honour the games’ rising stars
Moira Barrett representing the Cork Minor camogie team is all smiles along with her team-mates, after receiving the Overall Winners award at the Evening Echo sponsored Rebel Og overall annual awards ceremony, at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs. Also included are back row from left: Kevin Cummins of Cummins Sports, Diarmuid O'Leary of Red FM, John Purcell of Rebel Og, Maurice Gubbins, editor of the Evening Echo and Joe Kennedy of the Clayton Hotel. Picture: David Keane.

A SELL-OUT crowd attended the annual Rebel Óg awards banquet at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Friday night.

The annual ceremony, sponsored by the hotel, Kevin Cummins Sports and with media partners the Evening Echo and RedFM, is held to mark the achievements of young people across the county.

Ellen O'Regan and Sarah Ahern from Ballygarvan with Aideen Buckley from Farran at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silversprings, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne
Ellen O'Regan and Sarah Ahern from Ballygarvan with Aideen Buckley from Farran at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silversprings, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne

Over the previous year, on a monthly basis, players from hurling, camogie, boys and girls football, as well as Scór were honoured as they epitomised all that is good about the GAA.

The atmosphere was electric at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel as all the monthly awardees awaited the announcement to see who would be crowned overall winners on the night.

U-14 Eire Og players at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silversprings, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne
U-14 Eire Og players at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silversprings, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne

Monthly winners, in order from last January included Sam Maguires; Scór na nÓg winners, Maggie Moynihan (Cullen) and Carbery Rangers; Saint Mary’s High School, Midleton; Muireann O’Brien from Kilworth and Celine Kelleher from Boherbue who won the Girls U15 All-Ireland doubles handball title; Cork minor camogie team who won the All-Ireland title; Sarsfields camogie team, winners of the Féile na nGael Division 1 Cup and St Finbarr’s hurling team, winners of the Féile na nGael Division 1 Shield; Cork U15 and U16 football teams; Éire Óg U14 ladies footballers; St Vincent’s U15 hurling team and the Mayfield U15 footballers; Midleton winners of the Premier 1 Minor Hurling championship; St Michael’s, winners of the Premier 1 MFC and Presentation Brothers College, winners of the U16.5 Schools Hurling Championship.

Guest speaker Joanne O'Riordan, addressing those attending the Evening Echo sponsored Rebel Og overall annual awards ceremony, at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs.Picture: David Keane.
Guest speaker Joanne O'Riordan, addressing those attending the Evening Echo sponsored Rebel Og overall annual awards ceremony, at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs.Picture: David Keane.

But there can only be one overall winner and that was the Cork minor camogie team, who won the All-Ireland title at A level for the first time.

As well as the overall winners there were a number of other presentations, including a special presentation to Frank Murphy, who recently stepped down as secretary of the Cork County Board.

His involvement and help with underage GAA in Cork for more than 40 years was acknowledged with a presentation from John Purcell, chairman of Rebel Óg.

Players from Sarsfields Camogie U14 championship team at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silversprings, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne
Players from Sarsfields Camogie U14 championship team at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silversprings, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne

Mick Evans, chairman of the awards judging panel, introduced the Hall of Fame winner, Sean Cooney, who is steeped in the GAA and who among his many other contributions was central to the establishment of the Rebel Óg committee.

Emma Murphy of St. Marys High School, Midleton accepts the March Award from Joe Kennedy of Silver Springs Hotel, Nicola Cullinane of the Evening Echo and John Purcell of Rebel Og at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silver Springs, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne
Emma Murphy of St. Marys High School, Midleton accepts the March Award from Joe Kennedy of Silver Springs Hotel, Nicola Cullinane of the Evening Echo and John Purcell of Rebel Og at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silver Springs, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne

He played hurling and football from U14 grade to Intermediate hurling and Junior A football with Carrigaline, and he played senior hurling and football with Carrigdhoun division. Sean won an All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship medal for Cork in 1955 and a Munster Junior Championship medal in 1959.

Jerry Farrell of the Sam Maguires accepts the January Award from Joe Kennedy of Silver Springs Hotel, Nicola Cullinane of the Evening Echo and John Purcell of Rebel Og at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silver Springs, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne
Jerry Farrell of the Sam Maguires accepts the January Award from Joe Kennedy of Silver Springs Hotel, Nicola Cullinane of the Evening Echo and John Purcell of Rebel Og at the Evening Echo sponsored, Rebel Og Sports Awards at the Clayton Silver Springs, Hotel. Pic: Gavin Browne

The guest speaker on the night was Joanne O’Riordan, who at this stage needs no introduction. She amazed all with her story and sense of humour and was the highlight of the night for many.

An inspirational lady who certainly added to the occasion and no doubt will have inspired the young players present.

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