Donegal’s Brian McEniff today joined the ranks of the great and the good of Gaelic Football as he was inducted into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame at a special presentation ceremony in Croke Park.
Brian was joined in Croke Park for the announcement by former MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame recipients including Billy Morgan (2010), Frank McGuigan (2009), Jimmy Keaveney (2006), Donie O’Sullivan (2004), Paddy Doherty (2008), and Peter Nolan (2003).
A legend in both the Donegal and wider GAA community, Brian has enjoyed an outstanding career both as a player and manager for over forty years. An All-Star in 1972, he featured in the first Donegal team to win an Ulster Championship that year. A member of St Joseph’s GAA Club (a combination of Bundoran and Ballyshannon) Brian also won numerous club titles in both Donegal and Ulster.
It was his move into management where Brian really made his mark, leading Donegal to an All Ireland in 1992, Ulster to 10 Railway Cups between 1983-2007, a member of the management team when Sligo claimed a Connaught Championship in 1975 and also as Ireland Manager where he lead Irish Compromise Rules Teams in 2000 and 2001.
Commenting at the presentation, Suzanne Holmes communications director, MBNA said, “Brian’s achievements as both a player and a manager are matched only by his love and commitment to Gaelic Football and to the GAA as a whole. We are delighted and honoured to recognise Brian’s achievements and welcome him into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame. We have no doubt that Brian will continue to play an influential role within the GAA in the years ahead and we wish him every success.”
MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame
2010 Billy Morgan Cork
2009 Frank McGuigan Tyrone
2008 Paddy Doherty Down
2007 Mick O’Dwyer Kerry
2006 Jimmy Keaveney Dublin
2005 Dermot Earley (RIP) Roscommon
2004 Donie O’Sullivan Kerry
2003 Peter Nolan Offaly & New York
Now in its tenth year the MBNA Hall of Fame Award has recognised many of the greats of Gaelic Football and forms part of MBNA’s sponsorship of the Kick Fada competition which will be held at Bray Emmet’s GAA Club on Saturday September 10th 2011.
GAA players from across Ireland will be attempting to break the Kick Fada distance records for both male and female players which now stand for a decade.
The Kick Fada records which stand at 73m for men and 52m for women were set in 2001 by Mark Herbert from Kildare and Suzanne Hughes from Dublin.