True blue Legend Whelan honoured with special Award
HE has been the face of Dublin football for five decades and Mickey Whelan has now been presented with his Herald/Dublin Bus Legend of the Ball Award.
Whelan was a trusted lieutenant of Pat Gilroy last season as Dublin lifted the Sam Maguire for the first time in 16 years but decided to step down as a selector after the 2011 campaign.
He first won the Dublin Senior Football Championship with Clanna Gael in 1968. He went on to win the championship with St Vincents in 1975 and 1976. He also managed Dublin between 1996 and 1999.
Whelan went on to have greater success in club management culminating with him leading St Vincent's to the All-Ireland Senior Club title in 2008.
Whelan is the current president of the DCU GAA club in Glasnevin and gives his time nurturing the talent of tomorrow.
Herald editor Stephen Rae presented the specially commissioned awards piece at our offices on Tuesday.