TWO legends of hurling and football from the past will be honoured by the Gaelic Players Association at the annual Former Players Event which takes place in Croke Park on Saturday.
The new ‘GPA Lifetime Achievement Award’ will be presented to two former All-Ireland medal winners and will form the focal point of this year’s Former Players Event celebration.
Up to 300 former county footballers and hurlers from all over the country are expected for the lunch on Saturday following the successful inaugural event last year.
The event is part of the GPA’s efforts to develop county player alumni and will be followed by a series of regional business networking events in the coming months.
The GPA Former Players Group is chaired by former Dublin captain Tony Hanahoe who commented: “We are delighted to initiate a new annual award honouring great players of the past. There is something special about players acknowledging the achievments of their peers and we look forward to celebrating with the two honourees on Saturday.
“This annual gathering of former players from all over the country is still in its infancy but the potential to develop a really strong player support network is most promising. That network in turn can be of huge benefit to young players setting out on the road in county football and hurling and indeed in their own careers. There is a wealth of professional and personal experience that can be tapped into to help support the work of the Gaelic Players Association,” added Hanahoe.
The GPA currently assists former players through its development programme particularly in the areas of career development, return to education, health and wellbeing services and benevolent support.
A limited number of places are still available to former county players who wish to attend. They can contact Seán Potts, GPA Head of Communications, email@example.com 0863971859
GPA Former Players Advisory Group Dinner Committee
Chairman: Tony Hanahoe (Dublin).Group members: Seán Walsh (Kerry), Joe Connolly (Galway), Seamus Darby (Offaly), Vinnie Glennon (Roscommon), Fergal Logan (Tyrone), Declan O’Loughlin (Laois), Colm Honan (Clare), Donal O’Grady (Cork), Mick Galvin (Dublin), Pat Mangan (Kildare), Gay Sheerin (Roscomon), Ronan Sheehan (Down).