Veronica wins Volunteer in Sport award

Sligo’s Veronica Murray (pictured) is receiving nationwide recognition for her dedicated work with Special Olympics Connacht this week, as she’s awarded the Sligo award at this week’s virtual Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport awards.

Veronica has been a volunteer with Special Olympics since 1995 and is the Bowling Co-coordinator since 1998 organising many area and regional bowling events during this time.

Veronica’s award ceremony will take place online this Wednesday evening at 7pm.

The Volunteers in Sport Awards were created to champion the contribution, commitment and dedication of the army of 450,000 volunteers across the country who go above and beyond by giving their time to Irish sport and physical activity each year.  These volunteers dedicate some 37.2 million hours of volunteering across the country’s 13,000+ sports clubs and associations every year.

John Connolly – Leitrim’s Volunteer in Sport winner

The Leitrim recipient of the award is John Connolly from Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club, who’s also well known as the Sports Editor of the Leitrim Observer.

The Donegal award went to Fergus McAteer for his work with the Mulroy Soccer Academy in Fanad.

The full list of Volunteer in Sport winners is below:

Outstanding Achievement Award  Anne McHale  Basketball  Ballina Braves Basketball Club (Mayo) 
Special Recognition Award  Pat Hooper (RIP)  Athletics   
Special Recognition Award  Daingean GAA  GAA   
Antrim Michael Close Boxing Ledley Hall Boys and Girls Club Trust
Armagh Anne Forsythe Motorcycling North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club
Carlow Denis Shannon Athletics Tinryland Athletics Club
Cavan Philip Galligan GAA St Patrick’s Arva GAA
Clare Brid MacNamara Camogie Clare Camogie Board
Cork Mary Haughney Swimming Sunday’s Well Swimming Club
Derry Padraig Dougan Cycling Carn Wheelers Cycling Club
Donegal Fergus McAteer Soccer Mulroy Soccer Academy
Down William Martin Badminton Ulster Badminton
Dublin Stella Downes Cricket Clontarf Cricket Club
Fermanagh Derek Holland Rowing Enniskillen Royal Boat Club
Galway Michael Mongan Boxing Olympic Boxing Club
Kerry Selina O’Connor GAA Luane Rangers GAA
Kildare Tom Egan Canoeing Salmon Leap Canoe Club
Kilkenny David Denieffe Athletics Gowran Athletics Club
Laois Mary Donohue Camogie Harps GAA
Leitrim John Connolly Athletics Carrick-on-Shannon Athletics Club
Limerick Emer Kenny Camogie Ahane Camogie Club
Longford Jenny Mahon Handball Abbeylara Handball Club
Louth Robert Nash GAA/Soccer Na Piarsaigh GFC and Bay FC
Mayo Johnny Carey Boxing Geesala Boxing Club
Meath Graham Hyland Athletics Cilles Athletics Club
Monaghan Adam Grimes GAA Killanny Gearldines GFC
Offaly Tomas Quinlan Soccer Moneygall Football Club
Roscommon Aidan Farrell Rugby Creggs Rugby Club
Sligo Veronica Murray Special Olympics Special Olympics Connacht
Tipperary Pauline Nugent Special Olympics Ormond Special Olympics Club
Tyrone Karen Ballantine Golf Newtownstewart Golf Club
Waterford Hugh O’Brien Moran Surfing TBay Surf Club
Westmeath Colm Walsh Athletics Mullingar Harriers Athletics Club
Wexford Liam Rossiter Soccer New Ross Town Football Club
Wicklow Conor Woods Tennis Greystones Lawn Tennis Club