Kerry Person of the Year 2018
On Thursday 18th January, 2018 at a gala event in the Great Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, a true “Great” claimed the accolade of Kerry Person of the Year 2018. Colm (Gooch) Cooper,GAA pundit, legendary Kerry Footballer, winner of five all Ireland Medals, eight All Stars and everymajor honour in the game has been named as the Kerry Person of the Year for 2018 by the Kerry Association in Dublin.
The Kerry Person of the Year award, now in its thirty ninth year, recognises an individual who has shown leadership, brought honour to the county, and performed services to Kerry to such an extent that could be described as being beyond the norm of everyday life.
During her tribute to Colm Cooper, the Cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association in Dublin, Keelin Kissane said: “this award is presented in recognition of the enormous contribution he has made to Kerry football and for the joy, honour and pride that he has given to us all by his exceptional ability, humility and good grace on and off the field”.
She noted that he is one of the most admired figures in the history of the GAA and has provided us with many moments of magic.
She went on to say that “we are delighted to honour Colm for all that he has done for the people of Kerry – we hope that this recognition by his own will go some small way to show how much we have admired and appreciated his achievements and all that he has given to the game and to the people of Kerry over many years”.
Evenings such as these bring Kerry people living in Dublin and indeed from other parts, together to enjoy such prestigious occasions.
The Award was formally presented to Colm at the Association’s annual Oiche Chiarraí which was held at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin on Friday, 27th April, 2018.