2023 Munster GAA Awards

Congratulations to Michael Distinguished Service Award – Michael Ryan (Waterford).

Michael will be presented with his award at Saturday’s Munster GAA awards function in the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney.


Citation from Saturday Evening’s Awards booklet:


Michael Ryan has just retired as manager of the Nire Football team and the Fourmilewater Hurling team. It’s unlikely he’ll take out the slippers and cosy armchair – that’s not his style, and never was. He has given massive service to both club and county, in codes right across the Gaelic Games spectrum.

The list is endless – Waterford Senior Hurling manager, Under 20 and 21 selector, Ladies Football supremo – the word manager wouldn’t do him justice. He has also spent time with other counties and clubs but his native area and county are what drive him most of all.

Recall that he once managed Ballymacarbry Ladies and after the match, presented the cup as Chairman of the Munster Council. Some characters talk about it and others just do it – that’s perhaps the best way of describing Michael Ryan, who is a most deserving recipient of this Distinguished Service Award from Comhairle na Mumhan, in 2023.