Hall of Fame award for Abby

A celebration in honour of Abby Brady was held by Mullahoran GAA last Thursday night. Abby is pictured with her husband John Joe, her children Yvonne, Margaret, Aine, Sean Og, and Amanda, and grandchildren Abby, Calvin, and Nathan. Abby will receive her Hall of Fame Award on Saturday night. Photo: Mullahoran Dreadnaughts
Not many homes can boast one Hall of Fame award never mind two, but as of this Saturday night, the Brady family in Loughduff will have these very two accolades taking pride of place on their mantlepiece.

Not many homes can boast one Hall of Fame award never mind two, but as of this Saturday night, the Brady family in Loughduff will have these very two accolades taking pride of place on their mantlepiece.

Abby Brady will receive her Hall of Fame award in recognition of her lifetime of support and dedication to the Mullahoran Ladies GFC at the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Gala Awards this weekend.

Just four years ago, her husband John Joe received the award for his dedicationto the sport in the locality.

Abby is in shock over proceedings and as she said, speaking to the Leader this week, “I never, ever thought I would be nominated for a Hall of Fame Award, never mind get one”.

The local woman is immensely proud of her contribution to Ladies GAA in Mullahoran.

“Like John Joe, I have been very involved behind the scenes,” she laughed.

“I take responsibility for the jerseys, gates, board meetings and the administration side of things - there is always something to be done or organised or sorted out; you just get on with it and get the job done.”

The Brady’s washing line has been filled with jerseys many, many times over the years.

Abby has been involved since 1976 and was a sub on the Mullahoran panel when the side beat Drumalee in the Co final that year.

Her love for the game has been passed on to her own children - four daughters and one son - and her three adored grandchildren. All of Abby’s children played football and rounders for the side down through the years.

Her daughter Yvonne is an acclaimed referee and Abby’s granddaughter, also named Abby, is currently a member of the U14 ladies football team in Mullahoran.

“The grandchildren also play soccer and football - they love sport in this family,” she added.

Abby’s pride in her club and parish is only surpassed by her pride in her family and she says that she was thrilled when John Joe received his Hall of Fame Award.

“I was so delighted for John Joe when he received his award because he really deserved it,” smiled Abby.

“Now, here I am four years later getting an award as well - it’s unbelievable, it really is.”