Concentration on underage the way forward – Sheeran

Roscommon football legend Gay Sheeran has endorsed the Roscommon GAA’s efforts over the past few years in promoting football and hurling among the youngest of players. Speaking at the Roscommon Association in Dublin’s annual dinner, he said "The Roscommon Supporters Club in Dublin has to be congratulated for initiating this new approach some four or five years ago when they decided to direct their main efforts into raising funds for under age development. This policy has since been taken fully on board within County Roscommon. This conscious decision has already resulted in much improved performances at under age level including the winning, last year, of our first Minor Football All-Ireland since 1951." In the course of the event the Dublin based supporters club handed over €€15,000 for further underage development within the county. The Michael Cox Perpetual Trophy and 1,500 was awarded to the St. Dominic’s Hurling Club, Knockcroghery for being the Club of the Year when it came to looking after underage players and teams. This is the fourth year of this award which is adjudicated over a twelve months period by a joint committee made up of representatives of the Football and Hurling Minor Boards in County Roscommon. The annual dinner also featured the presentation to Micheal Kelly the Roscommon Hurler of the Year 2007, while the members of the 1951 All-Ireland winning Minor Football panel were honoured on the night.