Cricket Leinster President Stella Downes has received a Volunteer in Sport award from the Federation of Irish Sports.

The Clontarf woman has played a pivotal role at Castle Avenue over the past 35 years, as well as helping at interprovincial and international level.

"Iím honoured and humbled to receive this award," said Downes.

(Stella Downes and Eoghan Delany)

"Clubs across the country are running thanks to the efforts of so many unsung heroes. Iíve accepted this on behalf of all of them.

"I knew no one when I moved to the north side of Dublin. Clontarf CC offered me a community to be part of and the many volunteers in the club inspired me to get involved.

"I will be forever grateful for the friendships all across the country that cricket has given me.:

The Volunteers in Sport Awards were created to champion the contribution, commitment and dedication of the army of 450,000 volunteers across the country who go above and beyond by giving their time to Irish sport and physical activity each year.

These volunteers dedicate some 37.2 million hours of volunteering across the countryís 13,000+ sports clubs and associations every year.

Towards the end of 2020, members of the public, as well as sports clubs and governing bodies were invited to nominate an individual whose contributions to sport has made a real difference to their community, club or county.

The nominations and award recipients were selected by a judging panel consisting of 11 individuals drawn from sports administration, the volunteer community and media, including former Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, RT… broadcaster, Marie Crowe and CEO of CARA, Niamh Daffy.