MORE than 50 years of dedicated service to club and community has earned a County Limerick man one of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s top awards.
Pat English of the Galtee Gaels GAA club was presented with the GAA President’s Award for Munster at special ceremony broadcast by TG4 last week.
The 11 award recipients represented a cross-section of people who have shared the common theme of making an inspirational impact on their clubs and communities.
Pat gave many years of dedicated service as a player with the club which is based in the Anglesboro-Kilbehenny area and this came to an end when he encountered serious illness in 1987.
The ultimate prize of a richly deserved Limerick Junior Football Championship medal tantalisingly eluded him as, following his retirement, the Gaels went on to be crowned champions in 1988.
The last ten years of his playing career overlapped with his growing involvement in the administration of the club, something which has continued to the present day.
He recently attended his 43rd consecutive Limerick GAA Convention and South Limerick GAA Conventions. He has served as his club’s South GAA delegate for 43 years, club secretary for ten years, vice-chairman for three and chairman for 20 years, as well as being the club’s county board delegate, and Irish Officer.