Outstanding Achievement for Croke Park and Bill Barry
18th November 2010
There were big celebrations in Dublin’s Mansion House on the 10th November where 30 of Ireland’s outstanding volunteers where recognised for their selfless contribution to their communities and organisations at the Ireland Involved Awards supported by Panadol.
Pictured above, Bill Barry receives his award from Fergus Finlay CEO of Bernados.
The Ireland Involved Awards is the only comprehensive awards scheme which covers all categories of volunteering and is a vehicle for Irish volunteers and voluntary organisations to receive national and international recognition for their commitment to helping their community.
Congratulations to Bill Barry for winning the Ireland Involved award for the Sports and Recreation Category. Bill joined the Croke Park Voluntary Stewards Team in 1976. He has held nearly every stewarding position in the Stadium including Hill 16, the Hogan Stand, the dressing rooms and sideline duty, supervisor and recently Chief Steward. As Chief Steward, Bill has sole responsibility for recruiting and training new volunteers. This involves organizing the Voluntary Stewards Annual Awards Dinner and the Annual Mass for all volunteers and volunteers’ family members who have passed away. With 34 years of experience, his voluntary contribution is an essential asset to Croke Park Stadium and the GAA community. Bill’s exceptionable leadership skills are demonstrated through how well the volunteers work together as a team. Bill has an ability to bring people from all walks of life together. The personal impact which he has made in Croke Park is immeasurable. Bill’s exceptionable leadership skills are demonstrated through how well the volunteers work together as a team.
Croke Park was presented with a separate award for the ‘Organisation of the Year Award’ for its voluntary management. A vital part of the GAA is volunteering and is one of the traits that underpin the special ethos that the Association is renowned for. All over the country every day, thousands of volunteers ensure that the Association continues to grow from strength to strength. Croke Park Stadium has over 350 voluntary stewards that come in for every match day. Without the hard work and dedication of the Voluntary Stewards, Croke Park would not be the world class stadium that it is. Patrons are met at their seats with GAA ethos of assistance and banter, teams and county boards all met and greeted on arrival, dressing rooms stewards on hand, this is always done with utmost professionalism and courteous and stems from the top. Croke Park’s Operations Dept are responsible for ensuring that all the stewards and supervisors know their positions, roles and are briefed. All aspects of recruiting new volunteers from interviewing to induction training days to stadium tours for new stewards takes place in conjunction with the Chief Stewards. In 2006 the GAA in conjunction with the IRFU and FAI established a new FETAC stadium stewards’ course in Killester College of Further Education, it included modules on professional responsibilities, ground regulations and emergency drills and helps to ensure that all supervisors and volunteers stewarding on match days are up to this high standard. Croke Park Management organises the Voluntary Stewards Annual Awards Dinner where a number of volunteers are recognised for their contribution to the team over the years. There is also an Annual Mass for all volunteers and their family members who have passed away.