Diggins, a central figure to the development of the sport in Kerry, delivered an emotional acceptance speech as he looked back on the variety of roles he has held over four decades.
Elsewhere, Templeogue BC were crowned the Club of the Year after a hugely successful season at both underage and senior levels while Maree and Irish international star Eoin Rockall scooped his third Young Player of the Year award in as many years.
The annual awards recognises the excellence of players, coaches, officials, administrators, clubs and schools across the country over the past season. Over 40 awards were presented on the day.
Dee Proby (DCU Saints);
Eoin Rockall (Maree);
Ioannis Liapakis (UCD Marian);
Daniel Jokubaitis (Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin);
Dylan Corkery (Ballincollig);
Kieran O’Sullivan (Ballincollig);
Sarah Woods (DCU Mercy);
Sorcha Tiernan (Courtyard Liffey Celtics);
Mark Byrne (Courtyard Liffey Celtics);
Kelly O’Hallahan (Marble City Hawks);
Hollie Herlihy (Fr Mathews);
James Fleming (Fr Mathews).
Jimmy Diggins (Tralee).
St Ainnin’s National School, Galway.
Br Thomas Walsh
Templeogue College, Dublin;
Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise
St Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda;
Loreto Secondary School, Navan;
St Comcille’s Community School, Knocklyon;
St Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross;
St Tiernan’s College, Balally;
Kishoge Community College, Lucan;
Paul Kelly, St Paul’s Oughterard;
Sorcha Tiernan, Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip;
CJ Fulton, St Malachy’s College, Belfast;
Shauna Dooley, Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise;
John Enright, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland;
Tom O’Malley, St Joseph’s The Bish, Galway.
Tomas Mitkus (NUIG);
Alex Masaquel (DCU);
Matt St Amour (LIT);
Kelsey Carey (Griffith College);
Colin Murray (Garda College);
Clodagh Brennan (IT Sligo).
Malcolm Thompson (Neptune),
Jillian Hayes (Waterford Wildcats).