Congratulations to Andy Gibbons who received the Long Service Sports Volunteer of the Year 2017 from An Cathaoirleach, Cormac Devlin, for his dedication and involvement with Geraldine P. Morans GAA Club. The award was presented at a small ceremony held on Thursday, 25th May in the Assembly Hall, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire.
Ted sent in to proposed him for the award with these wonderful words
Andy has developed hurling skills in the club when we started out in juvenile hurling five years ago;
Prior to that he was instrumental in helping Naomh Olaf in developing its hurling academy and coached in schools for many years.
Andy has ensured that the Cornelscourt pitches are in good state of repair and has put countless hours of work into ensuring that the pitch is marked.
Down through the years, he has attended thousands of games involving the Geraldines
His efforts and dedication to memory of one of our patriots, Patrick Moran, who hailed from Roscommon but who had a long association with Dun Laoghaire, is a unique achievement. He has kept in contact with the wider Moran family and has been instrumental in ensuring that the life and work of Patrick Moran is commemorated.
Andy hails from Goran in County Kilkenny and has grown up with a love of hurling and when he moved to Dublin in the 1960s he joined the Patrick Morans club in Dun Laoghaire. He is the last link to that club and he became involved with the Geraldines when the clubs merged in the early 1970’s. Shortly thereafter the hurling element of the club fell away and Andy became more involved in the Geraldines. He is now in his seventies and has been a dedicated supporter of the club, attending as many games as he can and he also looks after the pitch in Cornelscourt and has dedicated thousands of hours to ensuring that the pitch is well maintained.
He is a true volunteer in every sense of the word and has never taken a penny for the work and has indeed often put his hands in his own pocket to get material and he would never sought reimbursement for expenses incurred.
His love of hurling in particular has been invaluable to us and until a serious illness curtailed his activity in 2016, he ran coaching sessions in our academy on Saturday mornings. Andy has also been an invaluable help to the Naomh Olaf GAA club in Sandyford and for a number of years was a games development officer who coached in the schools.
Andy is one of nature’s gentlemen: he is always in good form and gets on so well with players and with parents and children in the club. His quiet unassuming way makes him an ideal clubman and he never has to be asked twice for help.
He is a genuinely super candidate for an award.