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Late Kildress Wolfe Tones Stalwart Honoured
The late Noel Treacy who played a massive role in Tyrone ladies football before his untimely death last year has been posthumously honoured by the LGFA. The Kildress stalwart has been named as Coach of the year for 2022 in the annual LGFA volunteer of the year awards confirmed on Monday in Dublin.
Noel had helped guide the fortunes of the Tones youth and under his tutelage his Under 14 ladies squad annexed several County honours while a few short weeks before he passed away he capped that, playing a major role as his beloved side won a national Feile title.
The Treacy family are steeped in the very grain of Kildress Wolfe Tones and Noel’s brother Dessie was one of many who paid tribute to him.
“Noel was our go-to man in the family. He had the answers that we could never find,” Dessie said. “He loved the sport of his local GAA club Kildress Wolfe Tones and played his part on the pitch then went on to youth management of underage teams. He helped his two daughters become the best they can be and really was one of the best about. He never had a bad word to say to anyone and took it all in his stride. He became our club referee and did as much as he could for the love of the game.”
It was apt then that LGFA President Michael Naughton confirmed the award this week.
“Volunteers, and the sterling and unselfish work that they undertake, are the lifeblood of our Association and I salute all of our winners. We received another outstanding volume of entries and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who took the time to submit nominations. We will rightly acknowledge the efforts of our winners in February.”
It will be an emotional night for the Treacy family, Kildress and Tyrone when the awards presentation goes ahead at Croke Park on February 10th. Noel was the only Ulster winner in the LGFA’s ten awards confirmed this week.