The Leinster Leader’s Tommy Callaghan is presented with top national sports award

MacNamee GAA awards banquet at Croke Park

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The Leinster Leader’s Tommy Callaghan is presented with top national sports award

Tommy Callaghan is presented his 2017 Hall of Fame award by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan . Photo:Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster Leader sports editor Tommy Callaghan received one of the highest sporting accolades in the country at a special banquet at Croke Park last night.  

The Kildare man was one of ten recipients of the 2017 GAA MacNamee Awards, scooping the 2017 Hall of Fame Award.

Tommy was joined by his family for the special occasion and was interviewed on stage by GAA Director of Communications Alan Milton. He was asked about his 50 year career in the media and his views on Kildare football. 

Announcing the awards last month, Mr Milton said Tommy had been selected "in light of your outstanding contribution and services to the GAA through your coverage and passion for our activities over a prolonged period."

Mr. Milton added that Tommy's attendance at games and events for many years and the attention to detail and passion brought to bear on his work, has been and continues to be a hallmark of journalism that has been highly valued and respected by his peers and Leader readers.

Ardclough’s Piaras Ó Mídheach of Sportsfile received the Best Photograph award for a fantastic picture he took of Galway hurler, Joe Canning. Mr Milton said this picture captures one of the most iconic moments of last year's hurling Championship as Canning celebrates scoring the winning point during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and old rivals, Tipperary. 

The McNamee awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions by individuals and groups in the area of media and communications.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan with award winner, Tommy Callaghan and his family at the GAA MacNamee Awards at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo:Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Alan Milton interviews Tommy Callaghan at at last night's awards. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile 

Piaras Ó Mídheach, left, of Sportsfile with the Best Photograph award which is presented by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan during the GAA MacNamee Awards at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile