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This Is Your Life – – Oisin McConville

September 12, 2012

Family, friends, footballers from yesteryear and today, former greats to current stars from near and far, fans, supporters, work colleagues, high profile media personnel and top sporting journalists made up the packed attendance at the Carrickdale Hotel to celebrate the This is Your Life tribute organised by Abbey schoolteacher Aidan O’Rourke for  Oisin McConville.

The Crossmaglen Rangers and Armagh star was clearly gobsmacked when Aidan pounced on him in the Canal Court to produce the” Red Book” while he had been duped there by Benny Tierney and Peter Canavan accompanied by their wives for an alleged TV documentary. The party were then whisked away to the Carrickdale where some 600 people awaited to pay tribute to Oisin’s sporting and personal achievements in his life today.

Following the opening introduction from the famed Michael O Muircheartaigh it was a whose who from then on as a mix of family, friends, sporting and work colleagues took to the stage to rightfully bestow tribute after tribute to a man who has achieved and accomplished so much in his life thus far. God parent Marion Quinn, school colleagues Shane Mullholland, Gavin Cumiskey, Declan Larkin, Colm Holmes, mentor Tim Gregory, Laune Rangers Liam Hassett, Down Stalwarts Paddy Doherty, Sean O’Neill, Tyrone’s favourite Peter Canavan, Former Armagh manager and journalist Peter Makem followed by fellow scribe John Campbell,  Westmeath and Garrycastle’s Dessie Dolan, All-Ireland final referee from 2002 John Bannon, Kerry great Seamus Moynihan, Referee supreme Pat McEneaney, outstanding manager Sean Boylan (Meath), Irish Independent Colom Keyes, Marty Morrissey from RTE and Mark Sidebottom from BBC, Work colleagues Sister Consilio, Mary Falvey, Joe and Nicola Kelly, Eamon McGirr and Fr Brian D’arcy. Local Parish Priest Fr Joe McKeever.

Also on stage were all his club managers and playing colleagues for both club and county with words from Paul Hearty, Donal Murtagh, Jarlath Burns, Joe Kernan and personal friend Benny Tierney. Opponets Enda Muldoon (Derry), Daniel McCartan (Down), Brendan Devanney (Donegal), Brendan McKernan (Down) and Kevin McIlvenna (Antrim).

Proceedings would have gone on all night if all of the sporting celebrities in the audience were to be called on stage. But the star of the night Oisin, had been properly feted. As a hometown boy Oisin is always going to be regarded as the “Greatest” the array of people from all walks of life who attended this well organised tribute night is proof enough to suggest than not alone at home is his classification right but also on a national and international level. The beauty of this celebration is that there is still an awful lot more to come both in a sporting and personal capacity from Oisin.

All the photo’s from the night are in the gallery

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