Our Hall of Fame award is presented each year to a person singled out for lifelong dedication to the club. It recognises those members who have distinguished themselves over the years and is the highest honour the club may bestow upon an individual member. Since the introduction of the award in 1995/1996 we have identified and honoured many legends of the club and this year I am delighted to announce that the management committee, voted unanimously, to pay tribute and declare Ollie McQuillan this year’s Hall of Fame recipient.
Every club has their own inspiring leaders and Ollie has been, and is, one of our most committed members who has given years of exemplary service and support to the club and I am reluctant to use the word legend because it is bandied about far too often especially in GAA circles but on this occasion I think it is a fitting title for one of the clubs great stalwarts Ollie McQuillan.
Ollie is no stranger to the GAA and has been around for quite some time and he is a committed & dedicated supporter who has given a lifetime contribution to the club. I have known and worked with Ollie for many years and he is a true gentleman and in many ways he epitomises everything that the GAA stands for and he understands the importance of the GAA and the role the club plays within a small community like ours.
He has had a long and distinguished career with the club and during his involvement he has been a player, manager, administrator and fund raiser and just like a fine bottle of wine he is a rare vintage who brings good-honest passion and pride to the club. He is never one to seek the limelight and he is always on hand and glad to assist at functions or carry out the gate on match days. It is no surprise, therefore, that he is currently the vice-chairman and is most likely better known for his involvement at overseeing some of our major fund-raising efforts over the past few years.
He has and will always have ‘Rock GAA’ in his blood and I say this with the utmost respect, he has the old school mentality because the man simply does not recognise the word ‘no’ in his vocabulary. He is an amazing man a great character and has been a loyal servant to the club and he is certainly worthy and deserves the honour. We are immensely pleased, honoured and proud to induct him into our Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution towards the club.
On behalf of everyone at the club, and indeed on a personal note, I would like to congratulate Ollie and thank him for all he has done for the club. We deeply appreciate your service, your support and your efforts over the years and may I just add that this is by no means a signal for you to take the foot off the pedal and retire! I have no doubt that you will continue to play an influential role within the Rockcorry GAA club and we look forward to your continued involvement for many, many years ahead.
Thank-You Ollie McQuillan.