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Gaelic games writers honour Barney Rock as son Dean eyes county title

The Dublin legend was inducted in the journalists’ Hall of Fame last night.

Former Dublin star Barney Rock displays his Hall of Fame award.
Former Dublin star Barney Rock displays his Hall of Fame award.
Image: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

DUBLIN LEGEND Barney Rock, Clare’s Seamus Durack and Down’s Greg Blaney were last night inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2013 Cadbury Gaelic Writers’ Association Awards at Dublin’s Louis Fitzgerald Hotel.

Barney Rock was a key figure on the Dublin side that won the 1983 All-Ireland senior football title. He also won four Leinster senior medals for Dublin and three Allstar awards between 1983 and 1985. His son Dean was part of this year’s All-Ireland winning Dublin team and will line out in the county final tomorrow for Ballymun.

Seamus Durack was the star between the posts for the Clare hurlers during the 70s when he won two National Hurling League medals. Seamus was also recognized for his goalkeeping performances by winning Allstar awards in 1977, 1978 and 1981.

Greg Blaney is a former Down dual player who won Ulster senior medals in both hurling and football. He went on to win All-Ireland senior football medals in 1991 and 1994. While Greg also claimed three Allstar football awards in 1983, 1991 and 1994.

imageThe Evening Echo’s John Horgan, Barney Rock (Dublin), Seamus Hayes (sports editor with The Clare Champion), Seamus Durack (Clare), and Declan Woods, PRO with the Cavan County Board. Credit: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

This year’s PRO of the Year award goes to Declan Woods from Cavan.  Finally two of the country’s longest-serving GAA journalists had their work recognised as they received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Seamus Hayes, a native of Lissycasey in Clare, is being honoured after 40 years covering Gaelic Games with the Clare Champion. He is currently sports editor of the newspaper.

John Horgan, a native of Castlemartyr in Cork, is being honoured after over 30 years working with the Evening Echo. He is currently GAA correspondent with the newspaper and previously served as the sports editor.

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