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Recognition for one of Laois Ladies football greatest servants

Mary Wheatley was honoured at convention recently for her services to Ladies football
Mary Wheatley was honoured at convention recently for her services to Ladies football

One of the most influential figures in the history of Ladies football in Laois has been honoured for her services to the game.

At convention, Leinster LGFA presented a token of their appreciation to Laois LGFA’s Mary Wheatley for her tireless commitment to the sport.

One of the hardest working people in the business, she has been involved in ladies football for over 40 years.

In 1976, Mary was a founding member of her local club, Crettyard Ladies Gaelic Football Club.

Over the decades, Mary’s input has been invaluable and she has held several different positions at Leinster Council level including three terms as President.

After 8 years acting as National Treasurer, she was appointed President of the Ladies Gaelic Association from 1988 to 1991 where she worked constantly to promote the game.

She was the chairperson of Laois Ladies from 1979 to 2003 and deservedly entered the LGFA Hall of Fame in 2005 for her extraordinary dedication to Ladies Gaelic Football.

At the presentation, Mary regaled the large group in attendance with stories of the early days of the LGFA, where receiving coverage of any kind in the media was almost unheard of.

Mary spoke warmly of all those she had worked with over her time in the LGFA and how much she enjoyed working for the Association.

Leinster LGFA said: “Words fail to capture the enormity of Mary’s contribution to the LGFA and we are indebted to Mary and all of our volunteers who selflessly give of their time to ensure that our Association continues to progress.

“From all of us at Leinster LGFA – Mary a sincere thank you.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.