Dublin Player Rory O Carroll Honoured

November 8, 2018

Dublin footballer Rory O’Carroll has been named as the 2010 Cadbury Hero of the Future at an awards ceremony in the Player’s Lounge in Croke Park.

Rory has been honoured in recognition of his passion, excellence and commitment to the sport and was presented with his Cadbury Hero of the Future Award by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana and Shane Guest from Cadbury Ireland.

Rory was a key member of the Dublin Under-21 team which won a hard fought final against Donegal in Cavan on May 1, and is also a member of the Dublin senior panel which will open their campaign against Wexford on Sunday week.

Commenting on the Cadbury Hero of the Future Award last night Shane Guest, Cadbury Ireland said; “I am delighted to once again have this opportunity to recognise some of the most talented young footballers in the country, their passion, commitment and skill have illuminated this championship from start to finish and Cadbury is proud to continue the sponsorship of the Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship.

‘This year we brought even more support to the sponsorship from in-store promotions to the introduction of free Cadbury busses to and from games, the response has been nothing short of phenomenal with attendances for the All Ireland final alone well over double previous years, we look forward to continuing to support this sponsorship with innovative and engaging activation plans in the years to come.’

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana said: “It is a privilege to be here once again and to be surrounded by so many wonderful young players and their families’, it has been a fantastic championship with thrilling contests and excellent attendances throughout.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cadbury for their continued support and congratulate them on their innovative sponsorship activation which has seen them bring the Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship to the widest possible audience in the most engaging manner possible.”

In total 14 footballers were shortlisted as part of the ‘Cadbury Hero of the Future’ initiative which ran in tandem with the Championship to highlight the achievements of individuals for outstanding teamwork, passion and performance on the field.

A Cadbury Hero of the Match award was presented to a player at each provincial semi-final, each provincial final and the national semi-finals with the last Cadbury Hero of the Match selected at the Cadbury GAA Football U21 All Ireland Final in Cavan on May 1.

Rory, who plays his club football with Kilmacud Crokes, was named as a Cadbury Hero of the Match for his performance against Donegal in the All Ireland Final. The judging panel which consisted of senior Kildare footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Michael O’Domhnaill, gave serious consideration to the public vote which saw over 5,000 votes cast on and Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Carlow’s Brendan Murphy finishing neck and neck, but ultimately Rory O’Carroll’s heroic performances in both the semi-final against Roscommon and the final against Donegal, where he faced two of the Ireland’s most talented footballers meant he edged the competition out in the end.

Speaking on behalf of all the Cadbury Hero of the Future judges Micheál O’Domhnaill said “Rory was part of a very hard working Dublin team, where the accolades were shared between the players. Rory epitomised that will to win. He was the man who marked the key players, and he did this in a low key but highly effective manner. Often we overlook what the backs do, because the forwards are the ones who get the scores. But in this instance, by a whisker, we””ve voted Rory O””Carroll as the 2010 Cadbury Hero of the Future.”

As the overall winner Rory received a specially commissioned bronze award, and a holiday voucher to the value of €1,000. In addition to this, Rory’s club, Kilmacud Crokes, also received a grant of €1,000 as did the Dublin County Board. This year Cadbury once again supplied each of the 14 Hero’s of the Match a training kit for their club.

Dublin Manager Jim Gavin was also presented with an award to mark Dublin’s achievement in winning the 2010 Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship.