Leitrim Sports Star Awards nominees announced

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For the past number of weeks the people of Leitrim have been submitting nominations for the Leitrim Sports Star Awards in ten different categories.

For the past number of weeks the people of Leitrim have been submitting nominations for the Leitrim Sports Star Awards in ten different categories.

The standard was so high that in some categories up to six nominees were included by our panel of judges. With the exception of the ‘Hall of Fame Award’ and the Leitrim Observer Unsung Hero award the winner in each category will be announced at the Leitrim Sports Star Awards which will take place on Saturday November 28, in the Lough Rynn Castle Hotel.

We are delighted to reveal the shortlisted nominees 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 Athletic Club), Gabrielle Earley (Water Safety), Simon & Siobhán McGuinness (Mohill GAA & Athletics).

Leitrim Observer Unsung Hero: The Leitrim Lads aka Johnathan Costello & Karol McNern

Hall of Fame: Packie McGarty

The Overall Leitrim Sports Person of the Year 2015, chosen from all nominees, wilbe announced on the night.

Congratulations to each nominatee for a Leitrim Sports Star Award, your dedication and hard work in sport is being recognised.

Each winner will receive a specially handcrafted award presented by each of our generous sponsors.

Should anyone wish to attend what promises to be an excellent night of celebration you can purchase a ticket for €35 online at www.leitrimsports.ie or by calling Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498 or emailing us on sports@leitrimcoco.ie

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generous support – Leitrim County Council, The Landmark Hotel, Cora Systems, Leitrim Development Company, Aura Leitrim Leisure, Leitrim County Enterprise Fund, KPF Sports Ground Contracts and Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens & Sásta Fitness.