Updated: 07/03/17 : 05:20:44
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Sligo stalwart named for honour by Community Games

A STALWART of Sligo Community Games in recent decades has been nominated for a top national honour.

John McGettrick of Cornageeha was a founding member of the Games in Sligo in the late 1960s.

Local vocational school teacher, the late Gerry Burke, arranged for the first ever Sligo Games to be held in Maugheraboy.

That was on land owned by the Muire Naofa juvenile GAA club, later to expand into St Mary's.

Mr McGettrick was one of those named from each county by the nationwide voluntary sports movement.

Online Voting

The awards will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Games founding in 1967 by Labour councillor Joe Connolly in Dublin.

The names were announced in the national media yesterday,  Monday, by the Games new national sponsor, Aldi.

Each county was asked by Aldi to name their 'Golden Volunteer.

The nominees, said Aldi, will be celebrated at an awards ceremony later this month.

''One nominee will be announced as the Golden Jubilee Volunteer,'' added Aldi.

Independent Judge

This ceremony will take place on March 18th next and readership of media will be allowed cast one vote for their choice.

This must be done by midnight next Sunday night, March 13th, Aldi confirmed.

An independent judge has been picked to count the votes, the supermarket sponsor said.

Named in Leitrim is John Joe Byrne of Louth Allen, Michael Crossan of Letterkeny in Donegal and Maura McCormack in Roscommon.

Full details of all nominees are online at www.independent.ie/goldenvolunteer.