Presentation to Seamus J. King at annual Sean Gael Awards

Sean Gael Awards 

Presentation to Seamus J. King at annual Sean Gael Awards

Seamus J King was surprised by his fellow colleagues on the Sean Gael Awards committee last Sunday at the annual presentation of awards when the President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghaíl presented him with a Sean Gael Award.

The first presentation of the Sean Gael awards occurred in 2003 as a result of the initiative of the late John Moloney, the well-known intercounty, All-Ireland football and hurling referee, of the Galtee Rovers Club. John came across the idea in Wexford, where the honours system had been in operation for a number of years.The aim of the awards was to honour people over seventy years of age who during their lifetimes rendered significant service to the G.A.A. in the county. This service wasn’t confined to the upper reaches of All-Ireland fame or national administrative service, but embraced all who had helped the Association even at the lowliest level.

Liam O Donnchu gave the citation for Seamus. Seamus, a native of Ballymacegan in Lorrha, completed his secondary school education at St Flannans in Co Clare and then studied in UCC and UCD before travelling to England, Germany and USA for four years before taking up a permanent position at Rockwell College, Cashel in 1965. He played hurling with Lorrha and at college and then joined Cashel King Cormac’s when he moved to Cashel. He became Club Chairman of Cashel King Cormac’s in 1985 and held the position until 1992. One of the highlights of that term of office was when Cashel King Cormac’s won the County and Munster Club Championships. Seamus was elected President of the Club in 1999. Seamus is involved in numerous committees he has produced an impressive volume of work and his contribution to the GAA was acknowledged when he received the McNamee Communications Award in 1993.

He has organised reunions for County Final anniversary teams, involved in Year Book Committees, West Board. Seamus is a founder and current President of Lar na Pairce. Seamus was celebrated in Thurles for his knowledge, experience, willingness to work,his enquiring mind and an aclaimed authority on GAA history.