Conor Keenan was named the Ardee St Marys Senior Player of the Year 2016 at the club’s annual awards ceremony on Saturday night, while Gussie Kerr was the latest inductee into the St Marys’ Hall of Fame.
Keenan, alongside his younger brother Eimhin, was a key a part of the Ardee St Marys team that went all the way to the final of the Senior Football Championship and he excelled in helping the team to take home the Paddy Sheelan Cup last summer from his position amongst the backs. Keenan follows the 2015 winner Robbie Leavy in being named the Marys best senior player last year.
His teammate Mark Fay was presented with the award for Most Improved Player on Saturday – he weighed in with some important scores throughout the year including scoring 1-01 in the SFC final – while Fergal Diamond and Alan McGauley won the Junior and Minor Player of the Year gongs respectively.
Upon the announcement that long-time club man Kerr was to receive the Hall of Fame honour, he received a standing ovation from all in attendance at the club’s function room. Kerr served Ardee St Marys with distinction first as a player and then as part of the management team that guided the side to 1972 Senior Football Championship success.
This year, the Club Person of the Year accolade was jointly awarded to Brendan McKenna and John Finlay, both dedicated club members who helped the club in a variety of roles throughout 2016. Among the speakers on the night where senior bainisteoir Hugh Durrigan, Barney Carrie and new chairman Mickey Rooney.
Before the awards ceremony, a mass was held at the Church of the Nativity in Ardee for all living and deceased club members. For a full gallery of images from the night, check out ours by clicking here.