Valuing Volunteers – Ann Livingstone

June 1st, 2016 | Uncategorized

Valuing Volunteers – Ann Livingstone
It would be hard to imagine Armagh Scór taking place without the presence of one of Armagh’s most dedicated volunteers, Ann Livingstone. Ann has been treasurer for Armagh Scór for a number of years and is always the first person to greet those attending the regional heats and county finals of Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsear Ard Mhacha. Ann’s friendly demeanour and efficient approach make her a very popular member of the county Scór committee, and she is well-known and respected right across the county. Along with her good friends Pat and Rita Evans, Ann loves nothing more than to head out to the regional heats or county finals to enjoy the best entertainment that the Gaels of Armagh have to offer.
Ann is a lifetime member of the O’Donovan Rossa club in Mullabrack near Markethill, where she has performed various roles throughout her career as a volunteer. Ann served as club secretary and lotto officer over a long period. Ann’s husband of 54 years, Jim, is also a staunch Mullabrack man, having served as chair of the club on three occasions and her seven children have all had an involvement with the club. Although one of the smallest clubs in Armagh, Ann always makes sure that her beloved Mullabrack is well-represented in Scór competitions and her own family are at the forefront in ensuring that the club colours fly proudly high at Scór Ard Mhacha
Ann’s love of all things GAA and in particular Scór has rubbed off on her children. Her son Jim gives freely of his time as a key steward at the Athletic Grounds at Armagh county and club games and is also active within the Armagh Ladies football county board. Jim has also represented his club in Scór Sinsear in recent years. Ann’s daughter, Kate, is also a familiar face around the Athletic Grounds, having sang Amhrán na bhFiann on numerous occasions before games and is also well-known on the county’s Scór circuit, having taken part in solo singing, recitation, céilí dancing and ballad groups over a 20 year period. Jim and Kate proudly represented the Livingstone family, the O’Donovan Rossa club and county Armagh at the recent 1916 commemoration at Páirc an Chrócaigh.
As well as her involvement with Scór in the county, Ann previously fulfilled the role of Mid-board secretary for over 10 years before the regional boards were brought together under the CCC and Minor Boards. Her involvement began when representing Mullabrack at a meeting of the regional board and as she puts it herself, she “drove home that night as Mid-board secretary”. Ann’s attention to detail and her work ethic ensured that she was a popular secretary with a great rapport amongst clubs across the mid-board area and indeed across the county. In 1984, the GAA’s centenary year, Ann became the first ever female elected to the Armagh county board and she continued her role on the Mid-board and also on the Referees’ Committee.

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