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Alan Molloy has been a wonderful servant of Down

Molloy gets VIP treatment

IT'S precisely ten years since Alan Molloy made his senior football debut for Down.

IT'S precisely ten years since Alan Molloy made his senior football debut for Down.

It was in a National League tie against Westmeath that the Loughinisland clubman took his baptism in the famous red and black jersey.

Since then he has been a fxture in the side - injury permitting, that is.

And his splendid contribution to the Mourne county cause through good and bad times will be highlighted tonight when he is honoured at a presentation function in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry.

Molloy has played in a variety of positions for Down and currently is helping to underpin the problem midfield area.

His versatility, dedication and integrity are qualities that have served Down well and have helped to maintain Molloy's profile as one of the most consistent players in the province.

Down PRO Diarmuid Cahill says: "Alan has been a wonderful servant and while he will obviously continue to play for club and county, the Supporters Club feel it is appropriate that he should be honouerd at this juncture."

Molloy's value to Down has, if anything, been more pronounced of late given that the team has been undergoing a transition.

The Down Supporters Club, an organisation which has raised huge sums of cash to underpin and nurture the GAA in the county, is planning to step up their efforts in this connection next year.

"We are delighted to be honouring Alan Molloy tonight but there is much work to be done on several fronts. There is renewed optimism in Down just now given recent successes at various levels, notably the winning of the All Ireland Minor title last year and the capture of the MacRory and Hogan Cups by the Abbey CBS side this year," explains a Supporters Club official.

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