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O'Connor takes on GAA handball presidency

Updated: Monday, 02 May 2011 15:02

Walter O'Connor - The new Uachtarán of GAA Handball Ireland
Walter O'Connor - The new Uachtarán of GAA Handball Ireland

The 2001 GAA Handball Congress in The Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells saw Roscommon's Tony Hannon conclude his three-year term as Uachtarán and Kells clubman Walter O'Connor take over the role on Sunday.

O'Connor spoke of his involvement in the game he loves so dearly since the age of four and spoke highly of the influence of his family which ultimately lead him to his appointment.

The managing director of Envirogreen Building Services talked about the solid foundations currently enjoyed by GAA handball and re-iterated that he had no doubt that handball would be one of the most prominent sports in the country in years to come.

He offered special thanks to a host of people who had provided the inspiration to him in his quest for the presidency and thanked outgoing presient Tony Hannon for his terrific contribution to the sport over the past three years.

Outgoing President Tony Hannon complimented the immense work being carried out by the thousands of volunteers throughout the country and pinpointed meeting officials, players, parents and coaches at so many venues around Ireland as being the abiding memory which he will carry forward with him. He wished O'Connor well in his new role and stated he had no doubt he would bring considerable expertise and passion to his presdiency.

Uachtaraín CLG Christy Cooney congratulated GAA Handball on another brilliant year with a massive rise in profile attributed to The GAA Handball Show on TG4 and in turn a hugely significant rise in membership, new clubs being formed and the brilliant news of over 60 new One Wall facilities now installed around the country in the past eight months alone. Cooney complimented everyone involved at all levels of the association and further emphasised the undoubted support of the GAA for handball going forward.

One of the motions of the congress saw the association, known previously as The Irish Handball Council, change its name to GAA Handball Ireland, following a unanimous vote of approval.

Meanwhile, Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) defeated Clare's Diarmuid Nash 21-15, 18-21, 11-2 to secure the 2011 GAA Handball Irish Nationals Men's Open title in Wexford as Antrim's Fiona Shannon secured the Ladies' Open crown with an impressive 21-7, 21-5 win over All-Ireland Senior champion, Maria Daly (Kerry).

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