Limerick trio honoured at Munster GAA Awards

THREE of the 20 awards at the Bord Gáis Energy sponsored Munster GAA Awards have come to Limerick.

THREE of the 20 awards at the Bord Gáis Energy sponsored Munster GAA Awards have come to Limerick.

Harry Greensmyth was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award, Michael McDonnell received a Special Merit Award, while Pat Hartigan was inducted into hurling’s Hall of Fame.

The annual awards ceremony took place in Killarney’s Malton Hotel last Saturday.

Hospital-Herbertstown’s Harry Greensmyth is best known for his media work but is a founding member of the South Liberties camogie club and he was treasurer of the Limerick camogie board during these years.

In 1972 he became involved in South Limerick Bord na nOg. In 1978 he was elected secretary of this board.

He was the first PRO of the south Limerick senior board a position he held until recent years when the five year term came into use.

He received a McNamee award in 2004 on behalf of Garryspillane for his book The Bouncers.

He has written a history of varying GAA clubs - South Liberties, Hospital-Herbertstown, Croom, Blackrock, Garryspillane and county Bord na nOg.

Harry has also trained many teams to win county titles from Na Fianna, Knockainey, Hospital-Herbertstown and South Liberties, the latter of which he trained to win the 1972 Limerick Senior Hurling Championship.

Croom’s Michael McDonnell received a Special Merit Award.

At the age of 18, Michael McDonnell became club treasurer and held the position for 23 years, culminating in the purchase of the club grounds. He has served as South Limerick Senior Board Vice-Chairman, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer as well as being Chairman of South Limerick Bord na nOg in the late 1970s.

In recent times, he has served on the County Board and has been Secretary of Neville Park Development Committee and overseen the development work at the Rathkeale GAA grounds.

The third award went to Pat Hartigan, who was inducted into hurling’s Hall of Fame.

At the age of 15, the South Liberties man had White Cup and Dean Ryan Cup medals which were to be followed shortly with two Dr Harty Cup and one All Ireland Colleges medal.

He progressed to play minor and U-21 hurling and football up to 1971 and in 1968 he played on eight different Limerick teams in six months.

Pat played in five National Hurling League finals but was only once on the winning side (1971) add he played in five Munster finals - winning two.

The ultimate honour came with an All-Ireland medal in 1973. Pat won five successive All Star awards from 1971-75 and was a winner also on the Cooley Mountains in 1981 and 1983 in the Poc Fada. He also won Limerick SHC titles in 1972, 1976, and 1978.