Curry born Sean Henry, was the recipient of the Player of the Year Award from former Ireland Triple Crown winning No. 8, Dr. Brian Spillane, at the recent UL-Bohemianâ€™s presentation function. It is a great honour for the 20 year old, who in addition to winning an all-Ireland U-20 cup medal this season, also played a number of outstanding games as hooker with the clubâ€™s 1st. XV in Division 1 of the AIL.Â
Seanâ€™s meteoric progress to date would suggest that further honours in the game will not be long delayed. His success in the game is a vindication of the Youth Development Officer [YDO] scheme. Sean was introduced to the game of rugby in Banada Abbey in his 1st. year, initially by YDO, Ronan Doyle, and was later coached by Pat Curran and Jean McConnell there. When Banada amalgamated with Marist College, Tubbercurry, to form St.Attractaâ€™s Community School, Sean was one of the stars on the side which won the Connacht Junior Schoolsâ€™ Development Cup.
From the beginning, he demonstrated a great aptitude for the game, and his development continued when with his friends, David Kilcoyne and Steven Connolly, he joined Sligo RFC, where all three South Sligo players won an all-Ireland U-18 Youth league medalÂ under Brendan Leahy and Joe Walsh.
Last week, Sean, along with fellow former Sligo players, Ross Butler and Cathal Sheridan, completed his medal haul, when UL-Bohs. defeated Young Munster in the final of the prestigious North Munster Cup, with Cathal Sheridan being the â€˜â€™man of the match â€˜â€™ in this game.