For years now the Community Games network at national level has presented an award in a Senior Volunteer category.
At this year’s Kerry Community Games awards at the River Island Hotel on October 23rd Castleisland volunteer, Bríd Kenny won the Paud O’Leary Memorial Volunteer Award.
On the back of this accolade, Ms. Kenny was nominated to receive the National Community Games award.
The awards were held at the Mullingar Park Hotel on Saturday night.
Involved in Coaching
“I was very fortunate to receive the Paud O’Leary award for Kerry and I went on to Mullingar last weekend to receive a national award,” said Bríd before setting of with family members on Saturday.
“I have been involved in Community Games for many years. First of all playing basketball for Castleisland U-13s and in later years helping with the running of the basketball teams with Denis Crowley.
“In 2007 I took over and became secretary of Castleisland and also went on the executive board of Kerry Community Games. I have coached each of the five basketball sections from U-11 mixed, U-13 boys and girls and U-16 boys and girls for Castleisland.
“Over the last number of year I have taken charge of the running of all basketball in Kerry and also have looked after the Munster finals for two years. As I am a volunteer, I wouldn’t be where I am today without others helping me out over the years and I would like to thank them. I travel to Mullingar today with my son, Daniel and my mom and dad, Síle and Tom and I feel very privileged to receive this award,” said Bríd.
There was no rest or time to celebrate for Bríd as she drove down country to meet Team DenJoes American Style as they were set to play I.T Carlow at 2pm on Sunday afternoon – they won on a 70-58 scoreline. As team manager, it rounded of a great weekend for Bríd Kenny.