The 2014 FAI Communications Awards took place in Athlone on July 25th.
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Darren Cleary won the award for ‘Best Broadcast Item – Regional’ for a piece he produced on the annual match involving Shelbourne FC and Special Olympics team United Warriors.
Every year Tolka Park plays host to the cup final between a Shelbourne XI and United Warriors. The sides play for the Leo Keogh Cup. The annual game pits a Shelbourne team of fans, club staff, and volunteers against the Special Olympics club in a charity match with all proceeds raised going to the Warriors. Shelbourne kit man Johnny Watson and Shels fanatic Stephen Fagan came up with the idea over 6 years ago. The prize on offer in the final is the Leo Keogh Cup, the trophy is in memory of Stephen’s cousin who lost his life in a car accident. FM104’s Darren Cleary played in the Shelbourne side who were narrowly beaten by the Warriors on penalties. He put together a report for FM104 which won the prestigious award for ‘Best Broadcast Item’ at the FAI’s 2014 Communications Awards, he was presented with his award by the FAI’s Chief Executive John Delaney.