TUAM Herald photographer Ray Ryan was presented with the GAA MacNamee Award for Best Photograph 2019 at a ceremony in Croke Park in Dublin at the weekend. He is pictured with Iar-Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan and former Tuam Herald journalists Martin Breheny, who was presented with the Hall of Fame Award 2019, and former RTE sports presenter Michael Lyster. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

That winning feeling!

HE’S often been on the sidelines, but this time popular Tuam Herald photographer Ray Ryan was in Croke Park as an All-Ireland winner – not for his football skills but for his outstanding talent behind the camera.

Ray, who has worked with The Tuam Herald for several decades, was after a two-year delay due to Covid, presented with his GAA MacNamee Award for Best Photograph in 2019. He won the prestigious award for a heartwarming photo captured at the County Galway Minor A Hurling Championship in 2019. It shows an emotional embrace between Carnmore keeper Torin Finnerty and Dylan McLoughlin, a member of the management team. It was a photo that captured a unique moment in time and required very few words to show its meaning.

The GAA National Communication and Media Awards are named after the late Pádraig MacNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of the RTÉ authority.

They are usually presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of media and communications. However, due to the pandemic, the 2019 and 2020 award winners were honoured at a reception in Croke Park at the weekend.

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