Mick Grealish wins Sports Volunteer Of The Year at the Mayor’s Awards  in recognition of his service to rugby with Our lady’s Boys Club and with the Connacht Brach of the IRFU;

The award is a new category for this year. It recognises the unique contribution that volunteers make to sport, sports clubs and sporting life in the city.

While many sports now engage professional development and training personnel, the basic foundation of all sport in Galway is still the volunteer, whether that sport is indoor or outdoor, a field sport involving thousands with professional teams and players at its elite level or a minority sport played by a couple of dozen enthusiasts.

The recipient of this award is an amateur. He is an amateur in the truest sense of the word in that he loves his particular sport and has dedicated his life to its promotion and advancement.

For over 50 years, this amateur played, coached and mentored at all levels of his sport.

In recognition of his continued work for both rugby and the community, for his selfless dedication to Our Lady’s Boys Club, for his tireless work to make facilities and opportunities available to everyone interested in rugby in the city and in recognition of the time and commitment he has given to Connacht rugby over the years including the last year as Branch President, the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Michael Grealish.

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