JNEWS: Dillon, Mike [MC????] GAA Lifetime Achievement Award



New York GAA Awards Banquet
Cloone’s Mike Dillon to receive lifetime award
Observer Staff
17 Mar 2017

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Cloone’s Mike Dillon to receive lifetime award

Mike Dillon will be the first recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’

The New York GAA is holding its Annual Awards Banquet in Antun’s, Queens on Saturday, March 25 and this year the Association is introducing a new award, namely the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

The first recipient of this honour will be Leitrim’s Mike Dillon. Mike, a native of Cloone, had a distinguished footballing career at club, college and county levels, achieving much success in Ireland, London and New York.

He was born in the early thirties, and began his secondary education with the Presentation Brothers in Carrick-on-Shannon, but later switched to the famous bastion of Gaelic football, St. Mel’s. Here, in this nursery of football, Mike’s career flourished.

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Unfortunately for Mike and his team mates the interprovincial games were played on Sundays, and the Bishop of Ardagh, a Dr. McNamee would not allow his students to play on Sundays, lest it interfered with their spiritual formation.

So Mike and his team mates were denied a great opportunity to showcase their skills against the crème de la crème of college players.

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Besides a great sporting career, Mike also enhanced his academic credentials in New York. He earned a B.A. from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.

He rose to prominence in the corporate boardroom, becoming an executive with the media giant C.B.S. In addition, he and his late wife Mary, ran a very successful hotel resort in the Catskills. It was always a very welcoming sojourn for Leitrim exiles.

Mike has two daughters Mary and Deirdre, and seven grandsons. Mike continues to enjoy his football and is a regular at Gaelic Park. Over the years Mike has been a great benefactor to Leitrim football at home and abroad, the New York football team and the County Leitrim Society of New York.

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Dillon, Mike [MC????]

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