GAA award for John Quirke

Story by Conall Collier

Friday, 10th May, 2019 9:01pm

GAA award for John Quirke

John Quirke waiting for the teams to appear at Pairc Tailteannt

Navan photographer John Quirke will tomorrow night at Croke Park be inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame at the annual MacNamee Awards 

John is the sports photographer for the Meath Chronicle and has been the official Leinster GAA Photographer for over 30 years. 

The GAA issued the following commendation this evening in relation to John Quirke

His excellent photographs have been appearing for over 30 years in match programmes, publications of record and GAA websites. 

In fact, he has been a long-standing man behind the lens for the GAA at every level, and also for local and national media and other Gaelic games publications. 

John is a sports photographer ‘par excellence’, highly respected by his peers. 

He is well recognised for his total professionalism, his dedication to quality photos delivered to deadline, his calmness in every situation, his willingness to cover Gaelic games action at every level, at any venue, at any time of day and in every kind of weather. 

He does all this in a most obliging manner, without fuss and always respecting the players and the occasion. 

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He is painstaking in his photography, has a great eye for the shot and has amassed a huge, and valuable, collection of club and county action over the years. 

A quiet and unassuming person, whose service and value to the GAA is great and greatly recognised, John is more comfortable behind the lens than being the subject of it. 

Tomorrow night he will rightly be recognised for a lifetime dedication and service to our Association.

We wish him well in his continuing work.
ABOUT THE MACNAMEE AWARDS

The GAA National Communication and Media Awards are named after the late Pádraig MacNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of the RTÉ authority. 

They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals and Association units in the area of media and communications.

The awards will be presented by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Seán Ó hOráin, at a function in Croke Park, tomorrow Saturday, May 11th.

The GAA President offered his congratulations to this year’s winners. He said: 
“Congratulations to all of our award winners and to everyone involved in the background with these successful projects," commented  Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Seán Ó hOráin

“The GAA is not just about winning on the field. It is about projecting a positive image of the organisation and adding to everything the games do for the GAA. These winning entries certainly do that.

“Media coverage of our games has always been important to the growth and profiling of our activities and similarly, the role of our own units in showcasing what they do is critical.

“I laud everyone who works hard to promote the GAA in the public arena, not least those people who we will honour at Croke Park tomorrow evening,” he added. 

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Other winners of the MacNamee Awards to be honoured tomorrow night

Best Photograph – Brendan Moran, Sportsfile 
Best Website – O'Dwyer’s GAA, Balbriggan, Co Dublin
Provincial Media Award – ‘Limerick Leader Souvenir Edition - 2018 All-Ireland Champions: This Means Everything’
National Media Award – The Herald - ‘Decades of the Dubs’
Best Programme – Roscommon GAA - Roscommon Senior Football Championship Final Programme
Best GAA Related Radio Programme – SouthEast Radio - ‘The Wexford Rising - They Set the Heathers Blazing’
Gradam Gaeilge (Irish Language Award) – Na Gaeil Óga 15/15

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