Roscommon Ladies Football Secretary and Secretary of the LGFA Disciplinary Committee, Marie McAleer, will be honoured with a GAA President’s Award in Croke Park in February for her services to ladies football.
Marie, who is currently a member of Roscommon Gaels and a former player and officer with St. Croan’s, told the Roscommon People this week that she felt “very humbled” by the award.
“I will accept the award on behalf of all the volunteers at clubs and inter-county level. I’m very humbled to receive it.
“Ladies football is in a good place, things have certainly moved on and I’m absolutely thrilled. There’s a feel good factor right across the county,” she said.
Marie was a founding member of the Roscommon Ladies Board in 1974 and was also a vice-president of the national ladies board.
She paid tribute to the many volunteers she has worked with at club, county and national level.
“I’m just a clog in that team and it’s wonderful to be able to accept such an award on behalf of those dedicated volunteers.
“In Roscommon, this is a very important year as we are celebrating 40 years since Roscommon ladies won the All-Ireland (in 1978). We have wonderful, high-calibre people and we’re so pleased that we have been able to announce plans for a Games Development Officer in the county recently.
“We’re all singing off the same hymn sheet and all moving forward. This award is not just for me, it’s for all volunteers and I want to say a big thank you to all those volunteers. Ní neart go cur le chéile!”