Tireless volunteer named Tipperary person of the year

A major mover behind the Tipperary International Peace Prize has been honoured by his “own people” with a Person of the Year award.

Martin Quinn was this week named as the Tipperary Association in Dublin’s Person of the Year for 2012 following decades of involvement in local, community and sporting groups.

Mr Quinn is chairman of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre in Tipperary town as well as honorary secretary of the peace foundation. He is a past president of Muintir na Tíre. He is also a former officer of the west county GAA board, a past referee, presenter with Tipperary Mid-West Radio and an official with the Special Olympics movement and several other charities.

President of the Tipperary Association in Dublin, Liam Myles, said Mr Quinn’s list of involvement and achievements is “most impressive” and reflects a lifetime of voluntary service.

“Martin fulfils the old adage, if you want something done ask a busy person.”

Other posts held by Mr Quinn include chairman of the local Leader company, vice-chair of the South Tipperary Sports Partnership, and director of the Global Peace Foundation Ireland.

The Tipperary Peace Convention, which incorporates the International Peace Award, has proven to be a major success in putting Tipperary to the forefront of the international stage.

He served as president of Muintir na Tíre from 2008 to 2011. He continues to promote the values of the founder Canon Hayes and continues to work for and preserves the importance of rural life.

Mr Myles said: “His wider influence in terms of promoting Tipperary through the Tipperary Peace Convention Award sets him above most, if not all, other community activists. This is what sets him apart.”

Mr Quinn said he was delighted to accept the honour, which will be presented at the annual awards dinner on May 25 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel.

“The fact that you are honoured by ‘your own’ makes it all the more appreciated,” he said.

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