Noereen Corcoran and the Smith Family of Boyle GAA have both been awarded GAA President awards for 2019.
The recipients for Gradaim an Uachtaráin 2019 which will be presented at a special banquet in Croke Park this evening.
These prestigious annual awards, organised with the support of Club Championship sponsors AIB and broadcast by TG4, affords Uachtarán CLG with an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding commitment and long service across the club and county network.
Connacht Award: Noreen Corcoran, Kilglass Gaels, Roscommon
Noreen became involved with Kilglass Gaels shortly after moving into the Parish from the neighbouring Kilmore area more than 30-years ago, where she had already built up a strong reputation with numerous Scór titles across a range of areas.
Her first role with Kilglass was that of Minor Club Secretary and she has been immersed in volunteer work with the Club ever since and is the current club secretary.
A founding member and first secretary of the Ladies club in KJilglass in 1999, she was a very deserving recipient of the Club Person of the Year Award for Kilglass Gaels in 2002.
Aside from the meeting room, Noreen has served on numerous Ladies management teams and provided First Aid assistance to several teams in the Club.
Noreen was a driving force behind entering the Kilglass into a prestigious national competition that resulted in the club winning a makeover of the club field valued at €100,000.
When the club was touched by tragedy through the loss of one of its younger members, Noreen was instrumental in a fundraising drive in their memory which led to the addition of a gym to the club premises, and she remains heavily involved in all fundraising activities.
Family Award: The Smith Family, Boyle GAA, Co Roscommon
The Smith family have been synonymous with Boyle GAA for many years. All members of the family have had a role to play at some level within the Association, whether this is at club or county level.
From an early age, Mike played with the club, being one of the first of many Under-10 teams to be coached by former Derry player and Roscommon coach Sean Young.
Mike’s skills shone through in his exploits with St. Mel’s and on underage Roscommon teams.
Mike had a long-playing career with Boyle GAA club, playing a pivotal role on the field with many favourable results.
He also held several key roles in the club including club secretary in the ‘80’s, senior team manager at the start of the millennium and a number of manager and coaching roles with underage teams.
His business acumen has been evident in how he supports the club with fundraising initiatives, setting standards and motivating the club to reach targets.
Mike has recently been tasked with coordinating the club’s strategic plan.
A wife and mother in a busy sporting home, Mary Smith has also been deeply involved with Boyle GAA.
As treasurer in the early 2000s, Mary played a critical role in the Club’s massive fundraising drive to complete the development of the main pitch in Abbey Park.
This period was followed by a number of years as Secretary, a role she also excelled in. She was a member of a Lotto team for several years and was heavily involved in the Club’s Road to Croker fundraising initiative.
It was no great surprise that Mary was previously awarded Club Person of the Year for her commitment, dedication and service to Boyle GAA.
The eldest of the four Smith brothers, Cian has tasted success for his club at all grades.
A key member of the 2006 Roscommon Minor team that captured All Ireland glory after a 55-year gap, his football career had to be put on hold in 2007 while he successfully overcame serious illness.
Cian fought his way back to football and was an integral member of the Boyle team that captured intermediate honours in 2013.
Since retirement he has become heavily involved in coaching and with a club fundraising project.
Donal has enjoyed much success with the club over the years at both underage and senior level. He was a key part of Boyle’s Minor team who won a Division 1 title in 2011 along with his brother Enda.
Donal has played a central role in firmly establishing Boyle as a senior team in recent years and was part of the team who won the Intermediate title in 2013.
A Connacht Minor medallist with Roscommon in 2011, Donal added two Connacht Under-21 medals to his collection in 2012 and 2014.
In 2012 in particular, his scoring prowess was a feature of the Under-21 Championship, earning him a Cadburys Hero of the Future nomination.
Donal also had a glittering college’s career capturing a Freshers All Ireland medal in 2011 and two Sigerson Cup medals in 2013 and 2015.
Donal made his debut for the Roscommon senior team as a 20-year-old in 2013 against Sligo and played an integral part in landing the 2017 Connacht title in additional to two National League Division two medals in 2015 and 2018.
While still at the height of a busy playing career Donal has already begun his managerial career as he has guided the club’s Under 20 team for the last two years.
Enda’s talent and skills were evident from an early age as he came up through the ranks of Boyle and Roscommon GAA.
He has enjoyed a fine underage career with Roscommon and is one of an elite group to have won two Connacht medals at both Minor and U21 levels.
Enda also had a fine college’s career capturing both a Freshers All Ireland medal and a Sigerson Cup medal with DCU.
Since making his senior debut in the 2013 National League, Enda has been an integral part of the Roscommon team. He delivered a Man of the Match winning performance in the 2017 Connacht Final.
Indeed, Enda’s performances that year earned him an All-Star Nomination and a place on the International Rules team making him Boyle’s first ever representative to earn these accolades and is captain of the county senior team.
Whilst Mike, Mary, Cian, Donal and Enda are familiar names within the GAA family and further afield, Mike and Mary’s second son Ronan will be well known to many who have met him in his travels as he supports his brothers on the fields of play.
A keen athlete who runs marathons, Ronan’s career as a nurse has now taken him further afield to work in the Middle East.