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Nicky Rackard Champion 15

Conor McKenna, who was recently selected as one of the Nicky Rackard Championship 15 team for 2016, was further honoured by his home club, Truagh Gaels, on Friday, November 25th, when Club Chairman, Brian McKenna, made a presentation to him in recognition of his great achievement in hurling at County level as a member of the Nicky Rackard Cup team. In early November Conor was informed that he had been nominated and he was delighted to get the news. However he had arranged a holiday abroad for later in November and then discovered that the presentation of the Nicky Rackard Awards would be held on the Friday right in the middle of his holiday. Not to be outdone, he, with the help of his family, flew home to Dublin, received his award and was back in his holiday destination within 24 hours.

Conor follows the success of Stephen Lambe in 2015 and Mark Treanor in 2014, who achieved the same honour for Monaghan.  Conor is son of Roisin and Celestine McKenna, Tonintlieve, Carrickroe, and has four brothers – Malachy, Cathal, Pierce and Cormac. He began playing hurling almost as soon as he started National School in Deravoy NS. ‘ Fr. Frank McManus was the local priest at the time and he got everyone playing hurling and I loved it and have been playing hurling since then. I played a bit of football until minor level but never got the same enjoyment from it and now I just concentrate on the hurling’ say Conor.  He plays for Truagh Gaels Hurling Club and prefers to play at wing-back. He has great praise for the Club for the support that Hurling gets from the committee. There are no ‘dual players’ on the Truagh Hurling panel which makes things easier to organise and they never have a problem with anything they require. He also says that ‘ hurling would never have continued in Truagh were it not for the sponsorship and assistance given by John John Connolly of Connolly Eggs both at Juvenile and senior level’. ‘There is no Manager or official trainer as such in the club at the moment or for the past year but under the leadership of Damien McCarron everyone pulls their weight and knows what has to be done’ says Conor, ‘which means that there is a good bond between all the players on the panel.

Conor has been playing for the County for 6 years now and loves the challenge. He had a good year in the Nicky Rackard Cup and is delighted to have been chosen on the Championship 15 for 2016. It was a great honour to be presented with the award by Dermot Earley and Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghail, in the Convention Centre in Dublin. Unfortunately Monaghan and Truagh will be without the services of Conor for the coming year as he intends to take the year out and go travelling to the other side of the globe – Australia.  He will miss the camaraderie which exists between the players both at club and county level and he wishes both teams every success in the season ahead. He was impressed with county manager Trevor Hilliard and is confident that Monaghan will do well under his second year of stewardship in 2017.

At the presentation in St. Mellans Brian McKenna congratulated Conor on his achievement and thanked him for his major contribution to Truagh Gaels. He wished him well in his travels and looks forward to his return to the Truagh jersey.

Conor had members of his  family present at the presentation in St. Mellans but two of his brothers were unable to attend. Members of the Truagh Hurling panel were also present.

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