PHOTO GALLERY: Inspirational Killoe man Victor Connell is overall Longford Person of the Year award winner 2016

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

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Killoe’s Victor Connell was named as the overall Longford Person of the Year award winner 2016 at last night’s gala presentation banquet in the Longford Arms Hotel.

Organised by the Midlands Simon Community, in association with main sponsors Kiernan Structural Steel Limited and The Longford Leader, there were 600 entries submitted from members of the public for the awards and these were whittled down to a shortlist of eleven nominees, with Victor Connell being an exceptionally popular overall winner.
The Young Person of the Year award winner was talented Longford town swimmer Gerry Quinn who shattered many Irish records at the recent European Junior Championships in Hungary.

The nine other nominees, who received presentations on the night were;
Max Wenman

Michael Spillane

Paddy Howe Jnr

May Campbell

Dr Declan Barry

Longford Ladies Football team

Michael Quinn

Mel McNally (London, and Longford town native)

Mike Prunty (New York and Killoe native)

It was a superb night of celebration in Longford Arms Hotel with Tess Murphy and Tony O’Riordan speaking on behalf of the Midlands Simon Community.

The compere for the evening was Longford Leader MD Joe Flaherty, while main sponsor Frank Kiernan of Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd had the honour of announcing Victor Connell as the overall winner.

Deputy Robert Troy TD was in attendance, along with Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Cahill and Longford Municipal District Cathaoirleach Cllr Padraig Loughrey.

Thanks to Sponsors
The Midlands Simon Community extend a special ‘thank you’ for Frank, Dolores Kiernan and family and all at Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd, who are the main sponsors and have been great supporters of Midlands Simon. Thanks also to our media sponsors, Joe  Flaherty and the team at the Longford Leader.

Other  main sponsors were:  Longford Credit Union;   Cllr Seamus Butler; CC Construction Lanesboro; HKM Milling, Granard; AIB Longford;  McDonald’s Longford;  McCarrick Brothers (Stonehouse) Cash and Carry; Ulster Bank Longford;  Larkin Aluminium Ballinamuck;  Eddie Valentine and Bank of Ireland.

And associate sponsors: Tool & Plastics Longford; Flynn & Lynch;  Eamon Reilly Car Sales; Garvey’s Garden Sheds;  Mulleady’s Waste Disposal; Protrans Logistics; Paul & Vincent Milling Edgeworthstown;  Hanlon’s Apple Green Filling Stations;  Michael Shaw Car Sales;  Fox & Rourke Aluminium;  Farrell Brothers Auctioneers; Ryan Rock; Connect Recruitment; FireBlock; David Blessington Concrete Works Limited; Duggan Steel; Halls Transport; Galco Steel Ltd; O’Neill & Brennan Construction Recruitment; 4D Structures; Permanent TSB; Providers Topline Hardware.