Irene King Named Connemara Whiskey Connacht Club Person of the Year

Irene King of Connemara RFC was named as the recipient of the inaugural Connemara Whiskey Connacht Club Person of the Year award.  Irene was presented with an engraved Bog Oak award by Stephen Teeling, Brand Manager, Connemara Whiskey and Connacht star Michael Swift during the half-time break of the Magners League clash between Connacht and the Cardiff Blues. (K.O. 7.45pm)

The Connemara Whiskey Connacht Club Person of the Year award was launched at the start of the season to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of their rugby club.  Be it managing or coaching teams, being involved in fundraising or club committees, maintaining the club grounds or looking after team kit. 

Irene was nominated for the award by her club after 8 years of dedication to the Connemara Blacks.  During this period she has served as Hon. Secretary, Child Welfare Officer, Registration Officer and Minis Fundraising Officer.  Her excellent organisation and communications skills have been vital to the club’s growth and success over the past number of years while her dedication to the club goes above and beyond that of the title volunteer.

Irene received an engraved bog oak award and a hand-signed bottle of Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey.  Connemara RFC also received a sports equipment voucher to the value of €500.

Stephen Teeling, Brand Manager, Connemara Whiskey, commented, “We are delighted to be able to present Irene with this award in recognition of her contribution to Connemara RFC.  Irene is a prime example of a local hero whose selflessness and generosity has enabled her club to thrive and be enjoyed by the whole community.”

Gerry Kelly, CEO, Connacht Rugby commented, “This is a great scheme which rewards and recognises the people who give so much time and energy to the club game throughout the province. I would encourage all clubs to support this initiative in the years to come.”

About the Connemara Whiskey Connacht Club Person of the Year Award
Each club was invited to nominate candidates from their club for the award.  Entries were submitted to the offices of Connacht Rugby and the winner was selected by a committee of Connacht Branch officials.  The winner’s club receives a €500 sports equipment voucher.

About Connemara Peated Single Malt Whiskey
Connemara Peated Single Malt Whiskey has been the official spirit of Connacht Rugby since 2009.  The multi-award winning whiskey, produced by Cooley Distillery – Ireland’s only independent whiskey distillery, is inspired by the ancient Irish distilling traditional of drying malting barley over peat fires.  Connemara is Ireland’s only Peated Single Malt.


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