‘Carmel Grealy is a gift to our community’

Ballinasloe woman wins top community award

Carmel Grealy (Brackernagh, Ballinasloe) was named the outright winner of the prestigious Her Sports Community Award 2024 (sponsored by Energia) for her remarkable contribution to the community, at the recent Her Sports Awards, held in UCD’s AdAstra Hall in Dublin on Saturday, January 29th.

At the awards, Katie McCabe was named the winner of the Athlete of the Year category, with Ireland’s Women Rugby 7s picking up Team of the Year in recognition of their historic Olympic qualification. The fact that two Women Rugby 7s players in that team started their rugby journey at U-11s’ Mixed Rugby, coming though in the Ballinasloe Community Games, was a testament to Carmel’s enduring community contribution and impact on sport.

Carmel became involved with Ballinasloe Community Games in 1973 and has been a stalwart of the organisation ever since. She has held many prominent roles at both county and national level over the course of her 50-year association with this voluntary sporting organisation.

“Carmel Grealy is a gift to our community and she never looks for individual credit for her own work. This is why I was determined to nominate her as most worthy for the Her Sports Community Award” said Independent Ballinasloe councillor Evelyn Parsons.

Cllr Parsons accompanied Carmel to the awards ceremony to celebrate her achievement, along with Carmel’s daughter Miriam Murphy and granddaughter Maeve Keegan.