Carbury man Tommy Nally receives GAA President’s Award

Tommy Nally, who is the current Secretary/Treasurer of Carbury GAA Club has been awarded the 2012 President’s Award by the President of the GAA Christy Cooney. Tommy received this award for his outstanding voluntary contribution to the GAA over a prolonged period.

Tommy Nally, who is the current Secretary/Treasurer of Carbury GAA Club has been awarded the 2012 President’s Award by the President of the GAA Christy Cooney. Tommy received this award for his outstanding voluntary contribution to the GAA over a prolonged period.

These awards are organised and presented on an annual basis to honour those who go above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment and dedication to their chosen field within the wider GAA family.

The Presidents Award was presented to Tommy at a special banquet at Croke Park on Friday last by the GAA President Christy Cooney.

Last week TG4 made a special documentary on Tommy when they visited Carbury GAA Club and spent about four hours filming and talking to Tommy about his long association with Carbury GAA, both as an outstanding player and club official.

Tommy was born in Balla, Co. Mayo and is a member of the well-known Nally family who are associated with The Nally Stand at Croke Park.

His family moved to Carbury when he was at a very young age and he soon became involved with the local club, where he has remained to this day.

Tommys football career started when he was in National School and he finally made it to the Kildare Minor Team.

In the 1960s he played on the Kildare Senior Team in the National Football League in the OByrne Cup and in various tournaments and challenge games.

For the next thirteen years he had a great spell with the Carbury Senior Football Team playing in four senior county finals.

He was part of the great 7-a-side team that played in the Big Tournaments throughout Ireland.

In 1973, The Club made history when they were the first rural club to travel oversees to play and beat New York in a two-match tournament in Gaelic Park.

When Tommy finally decided to retire from Football he got involved in Selection Committees and eventually was elected to the positions of Club Secretary and Treasurer.

Tommy tells his story of how he worked hard over the years, in conjunction with his committee, to level the main playing pitch and to purchase a second one and how he helped to put in place the great facilities that they now enjoy today at their New Clubhouse with modern dressing-rooms, bar & lounge and function room.

Tommy Nally has given a lifetime of service to Carbury GAA for more years than he cares to remember.

The people of Carbury send congratulations to Tommy on receiving this prestigious award.