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Dave Quinn named the County Meath recipient of The Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards!

Volunteers in Sport Awards 2023

The Federation of Irish Sport today announced the County recipients of the 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards proudly supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships.

Recognising the depth and breadth of volunteering in sporting communities nationwide, these dedicated volunteers will be celebrated at a national awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 29th February 2024. The invited special guest speaker is Minister Thomas Byrne, Minster of State with responsibility for Sport and Physical Education, which is testament to the commitment at government level to supporting and recognising the vital role of volunteers in advancing sports participation and community development.

The winner of the award for Co. Meath is Dave Quinn of Dunshaughlin Youths Football Club. Over 8 years with DYFC, Dave’s biggest contribution has been the inclusion of women in the club and the community spirit he has instilled. In 2016, Dave’s three young boys joined the club, and he became kitman and subsequently fixture secretary for underage teams. In 2023 having served he was elected club chairman and currently coaches the under 10’s boys team. Dave has implemented the UEFA play makers programme for girls aged 4 to 8, and female participation within the club has increased from 5% to 25%. Dave has given so many, their first and second chance in the sport.

In addition to the county award winners being recognised at the ceremony, anticipation will be high as one exceptional individual will be awarded with the overall Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Federation CEO Mary O’Connor commented;

“We are looking forward to celebrating the exceptional contributions made by volunteers in sport from all over the country. Working behind the scenes volunteers play a crucial role in fostering community engagement, promoting physical activity, and driving the success of sporting events nationwide, they are truly #DedicatedToTheDedicated. The awards promise to be yet again another remarkable event acknowledging the time and passion of those involved in sport locally and to say, ‘thank you’ for their dedication.”


Meath LSP`s CEO, Mary Murphy, congratulated David on his award and commended his club for recognising the massive contribution David continues to make to Dunshaughlin Youth Football Club.




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Armagh Ciarán Maguire O’Hanlon’s LGFA
Carlow Stephen Dargan Carlow FC
Cavan Fidelma Sheridan Cumman Na mBunscol Co. Cavan
Clare Claire Cuddihy Clare Comets Basketball Club
Cork Eoin Kelly Beech Hill Table Tennis Club
Derry Micky Duddy Ring Boxing Club
Donegal Damien Devine Deele Community Anglers
Down Arnold Morgan Banbridge Table Tennis Club
Dublin City Henry Gillanders Mount Pleasant LTC
Dublin DLR Matt Hanlon Dalkey Devils Volleyball Club
Dublin Fingal Nuala Garrihy Fencing Ireland
Active Dublin South Amanda Spencer Jobstown Boxing Club
Fermanagh Ian Ross Enniskillen Rugby Club
Galway Tony Stephens Claregalway GAA Club
Kerry Lorcan Murphy Iveragh Athletics Club
Kildare Roy Baker Irish Martial Arts & Kickboxing Ireland
Kilkenny Ashley Godden Kilkenny Swimming Club
Laois Jackie Byrne Mountrath St. Fintan’s GAA
Leitrim Mary McMorrow Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club
Limerick Wanda Dwane Mungret St Paul’s GAA Club
Longford Ben McCormack Ballymahon Vocational School
Louth Fintan Cooper Glen Magic Soccer Club
Mayo Phelim Halligan Claremorris Ultimate Kickboxing Club
Meath David Quinn Dunshaughlin Youths Football Club
Monaghan Una Forde Monaghan Harps GAA
Offaly John Corboy Birr Town FC
Roscommon Philip Gordan Lough Ree Angling hub
Sligo Simon Cavanagh GAA Handball
Tipperary Paddy Doyle Moyne Athletic Club
Tyrone Rachel McBride Riding For Disabled Omagh
Waterford Sally Kavanagh Waterford Hockey Club
Westmeath Nuala Lawlor Shoot ‘n Stars Special Olympics
Wexford Martin Moylan Dunbrody Archers
Wicklow Ruth McDonagh Bray Hockey Club