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Irish News Club and Volunteer Awards - 2009
10th May 2009
The Irish News Club Volunteer Awards is an initiative to acknowledge the efforts of men and women involved in or association whose unseen work is vital to the existence of the GAA. These awards in association with Ulster Council are now in their 7th year, St.Mary's Rasharkin were to feature very prominently in 2009.

We received two very unique awards. Anthony Mc Mullan received the award for Club Volunteer in the large club section and the club also received a special recognition award for their 125 celebrations. Anthony Mc Mullan has been involved in our club for more than three decades, everything from playing, managing, grass cutting, club chairman, supporter and our main ticket seller during our club fundraising draws. This is a magnificent achievement and no one deserves it more than Anthony. He is a very humble man and would not want any publicity but he represents a certain type of person that every club in Ireland would have. If you read the criteria needed to achieve this award - Anthony ticks every box. Congratulations to Anthony.

The club have taken very seriously the 125th Anniversary of the GAA, we have set up a specific committee to organise various events this year to commemorate this great milestone. GAA Quiz, National Schools Day, School Concert, Pig Racing, GAA Art Competition, Mega Fun Weekend, internal Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football competitions for past and present players, St.Mary's Jigs and Reels and a Club History to name a few.

The second award was awarded to St.Mary's Rasharkin to acknowledge there efforts in this special category.

Michael C Hasson deserves credit for both these honours as it was through his application that both were judged on. Michael took time out to draft out an excellent and accurate submission to be forwarded for verification. He picked up the Special 125 Award for the Club.