Former Leitrim manager John O’Mahony will be the special guest for next Saturday’s eagerly awaited 2015 Leitrim Sports Star Awards.
O’Mahony led Leitrim to an historic Connacht title in 1994 and also guided Galway to two All-Ireland triumphs in 1998 and 2001 as well as guiding his native Mayo to the 1989 All-Ireland Final and has recently launched a fascinating biography “Keeping the Faith” which has proved a huge hit with GAA fans.
Organised by the Leitrim Sports Partnership, the 2015 Leitrim Sports Star Awards will honour Leitrim’s sporting heroes in The Lough Rynn Castle Hotel with the legendary Packy McGarty receiving the Hall of Fame award.
The nominees for the various awards are as follows:
Sports Individual Junior: Conor Hession (Weightlifting), Dearbhla Rooney (Boxing & Gaelic Football), Dearbhaile Beirne (Soccer & GAA), Eanna O’Hara (Swimming).
Sports Individual Senior: Donnacha Holmes (Ironman), Eanna Madden (Athletics), Gerard O’Donnell (Athletics), Áine Tighe (GAA), Nigel McHugh (Cycling), Breege Connolly (Athletics).
Juvenile Team of the Year: Ballinamore Community Games U10, Glencar/Manorhamilton Girls U12; Melvin Gaels Minors, St. Manchan’s Minor Team
Men’s Team of the Year: Melvin Gaels Intermediate team, Ballinamore Hurling Senior team, Mohill GAA Senior team
Ladies Team of the Year: Leitrim Ladies Intermediate, Leitrim Ladies U16, Bríd Sullivan & Breda Travers (Golf), Kiltubrid Ladies GAA
Best Sports School: Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, St. Caillin’s NS Fenagh, Four Masters NS Kinlough.
Special Achievement Award: Breifne Earley (Cycling), Michael Cornyn (Athletics), David Downes (Ultra-Marathon), The Leitrim Lads (Cycling)
Volunteer of The Year: John Connolly (Carrick-on-Shannon AC), Gabrielle Earley (Water Safety), Simon & Siobhán McGuinness (Mohill GAA & Athletics).
Leitrim Observer Unsung Hero: The Leitrim Lads aka Jonathan Costello & Karol McNern
The Overall Leitrim Sports Person of the Year 2015 will be announced on the night.
Should anyone wish to come along and enjoy what promises to be an excellent night of celebration, you can purchase a ticket for €35 by calling Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org