Nominations open for sport volunteer awards

Has your club got a Stella Downes? If so, the  Federation of Irish Sport and the ESB want to hear about them. 

Downes’ services to the Clontarf Cricket Club were recognised in January of this year, as she picked up a 2020 Volunteers in Sport Award.

The dedicated club member was named the 2020 award winner for Dublin, following in the footsteps of 2019 winner Stephen Crothers of Instonians Cricket Club.

The awards have been established to celebrated dedicated volunteers and recognise the everyday heroes who help make sport happen in the country – and Downes is certainly one of them.

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She has been central to the running of Clontarf Cricket Club and cricket in Ireland generally for over 25 years. As well as long periods in Clontarf CC as Scorer, Club Secretary, player, Child Protection Officer and general club administrator, the award winner has also been the Ireland Men’s National Team Scorer for most of that period – and has scored over 200 international and interprovincial matches.

The Federation of Irish Sport are looking honour someone similarly dedicated and giving of their for their club this year. 

They want clubs around Dublin to nominated the unsung hero so they can prompt people to sing about them.

 In partnership with EBS the third installment of the awards, that celebrates the commitment of some of the over 450,000 Irish sporting volunteers, who between them give over 37.2 million hours to their clubs and their chosen sports, are mid nomination stage.

Clubs have until Oct 17 to nominate volunteers for the awards. To nominate visit

PHOTO – Signage and branding during the Volunteers in Sport Awards presented by Federation of Irish Sport with EBS at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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