Kevin Walsh from Kilmacthomas has been chosen as the Waterford Vintners’ Federation of Ireland Good Neighbour of the Year.
He was nominated by Lenihan’s Bar in Kilmacthomas for his outstanding contribution to the local community over many years through his involvement in sport, love of music and charity work.
Kevin was club secretary at Kilmacthomas AFC for over 30 years and spent much of his time training teams from youths up to premier division.  Off the pitch he continues to lead fundraising efforts on behalf of the club, which to date have resulted in the development of dressing-rooms and an all-weather pitch.
He is well known in the area for his love of music and his charity work for the Irish Kidney Association as well as other local organisations.
Maurice Lenihan, proprietor of Lenihan’s Bar, said: “Kevin always puts himself before other people and never asks for anything in return for all his good work. This is a great opportunity to show Kevin how grateful we all are.”
The VFI Good Neighbour Award, which is supported by Heineken, is now in its third year and runs in all counties outside Dublin. The aim is to recognise the unsung heroes who make a difference to the life of a friend or neighbour in their local community.
An overall winner will be selected from the county winners and named as the National VFI Good Neighbour of the Year 2008. They will receive a specially-commissioned trophy and €3,000 to donate to a local charity or approved community project of their choice, as well as a well-earned €2,000 holiday voucher.