Matt Purcell, Ballymore Eustace GAA Handball Club, is being honoured this evening with the GAA President’s gradam award for his service to handball
He has a lifelong association with Ballymore Eustace Handball Club and he enjoyed a very successful playing career from 1958 to 1984.
In 1984 Matt teamed up with the legendary Pat Kirby to win the World Masters 40 x 20 title in Croke Park.
Since then he served in various administrative roles at club and county level for decades, keeping Ballymore Eustace and Kildare at the forefront of the sport.
The award will be presented at a special banquet in Croke Park this evening (LIVE on TG4 from 7.30pm).
The award are staged annually by the GAA and provide the GAA President with an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding commitment and long service across the club, and county.
Among the other Awards will be the presentation of the annual Dermot Earley Family Award, which this year goes to the McGuigan family who are synonymous with Gaelic football through their involvement with Ardboe and Tyrone.