Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy will be special guest at Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards

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Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy will be special guest at Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy will be special guest at Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards

Irish Olympian and cross country World Champion, John Treacy, will be the special guest at the 2018 Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards gala presentation dinner on Friday week, November 16, in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule.

The Waterford native and CEO of Sport Ireland was World cross country champion in 1978 in Glasgow and in ‘79 in Limerick, while Irish sports fans will never forget his heroic silver medal run in the Marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

This is Ganly’s second consecutive year to sponsor the prestigious awards which are organised in association with Longford Sports Partnership and the Longford Leader.

Michael Ganly commented, “Ganly’s have always been keen to get involved in various sports throughout our thirty years in business, offering sponsorship to numerous local clubs and contributing to many more sporting events and organisations over the years.

He added, “The format of the Longford Sports Awards is a natural fit for Ganly’s in that it allows us to support and acknowledge a number of sports people and their individual journeys.

“As a multiple national award-winning company, Ganly’s maintain that although excellence awards may not be the “be-all-and-end-all”, they are not to be disregarded. Awards are not only a representation of hard work and dedication, they can act as important motivators to keep high standards, maintain discipline and to keep setting and reaching your goals.”

The public have been voting in their thousands for the ten 2018 Sports Star of the Month winners, January to October.

Each of the monthly winners will be presented with a memento in recognition of their achievement and the ten monthly award winners will also complete the shortlist for the coveted title of Overall 2018 Ganly’s Longford Sports Star of the Year.  

Once again, the winner of this prestigious accolade will be determined by a public text vote and he or she will be feted and presented with their award at the gala awards banquet on November 16 in Abbeyshrule.



There will also be Hall of Fame inductee, along with awards for Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Community/Club Volunteer of the Year and Sports Ability Award.

Steve Coy, Chairperson of Longford Sports Partnership, said the board of Longford Sports Partnership are looking forward to the awards ceremony and he extended congratulations to all the winners of this year’s awards and to those that support them; parents, coaches, clubs and friends.

Mr Coy remarked, “We are delighted with our Awards partnership with Ganly’s and the Longford Leader. It has been another great year for sport in the county, there’s been everything from international honours to player of the match at school level. It has been a particularly good year for minority sports, female and youth participation.”

Longford Leader Managing Editor Alan Walsh said the 2018 Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards, in association with Longford Sports Partnership and the Leader, have captured the imagination of the Longford sporting public over the past number of months.

He outlined, “In the ten polls conducted on www.longfordleader.ie to determine the winners of the January to October monthly awards, a phenomenal number of votes were cast and this certainly goes to prove just how much Longford people love their sport.”

He commended the Board of Longford Sports Partnership as they do an incredible amount of positive work promoting sport and physical activity to people of all ages and abilities across the county.

Tickets for the Ganly’s Longford Sport Star Awards, €35, are on sale and tickets can be purchased at reception in the Longford Leader office, telephone 043 33 45241.