Final countdown to 2012 Leitrim Sports Star Awards

Leitrim’s sporting heroes will be honoured once more next Saturday evening, December 1, when the Leitrim Sports Partnership hosts the 2012 Leitrim Sports Star Awards in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Leitrim’s sporting heroes will be honoured once more next Saturday evening, December 1, when the Leitrim Sports Partnership hosts the 2012 Leitrim Sports Star Awards in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Leitrim Sports Star Awards recognises the achievements of people across different sports as well as placing a big emphasis on the role of the volunteer and recreational activities which is the ethos of Leitrim Sports Partnership. Sports of all types are recognised in these awards and nominees have been shortlisted from a range of sports including athletics, gaelic football, equestrian, handball, hurling and more.

Guest speaker on the night is Offaly hurling legend and RTE pundit Michael Duginan and the two time All-Ireland winner is a noted motivational speaker who has a reputation as an uncompromising TV commentator, unafraid to ‘tell it as he sees it’.

But, behind Duignan’s sporting success and high-profile media character, lies a more unconventional and complex man who has striven with tragedy off the sporting field. In September 2009, after a long and difficult battle, his wife, Edel, died from cancer. In his autobiography Life, Death & Hurling, Michael Duignan recounts his wife’s struggle to overcome her cancer and, later, bravely accept her fate. He tells how Edel’s fight to survive drew the couple and their sons, Seán and Brian, closer than ever.

Should anyone wish to come along to support the nominees, 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

Some people have already booked tickets for their Christmas party at the Sports Awards and other people are very welcome to join in. Hurry though, given the great price, tickets are selling fast!!

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 Board, Woodies DIY, KPF Sports Ground Contracts and Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens

The overall winner of the Leitrim Sports Star of the Year award will be announced on the night and nominees for the Leitrim Sports Awards 2012 are:

Sports Individual Junior

Dearbhaile Beirne Mohill & District AC

Alice Kelly Carrick Rowing Club

Tom McCabe Carrick Rowing Club

Donal Wrynn Fenagh Handball.

Volunteer of the Year

Paddy Connaughton Sean O’Heslin’s GAA

Mary Coyle Glencar/Manor GAA

Gerry Gilroy Leitrim Sub-Aqua Club.

Sports Individual Senior

Colin Griffin Ballinamore Athletics Club

Cathal McCrann Gortletteragh & LeitrimGAA

Laura Reynolds Mohill & Distrtict AC

Best Sports School

Ballaghmeehan NS Rossinver

Gaelscoil Liatroma Cora Droma Rúisc

St. Joseph’s NS Leitrim Village

Men’s Team of the Year

Cluainín Iomáint HurlingTeam

Cecil Ewing Team Carrick on Shannon Golf Club

Leitrim Senior Football Team

Ladies Team of the Year

Carrick Cougars Basketball Team

Leitrim Ladies Senior Team

St. Joseph’s Ladies Senior Team

Juvenile Team of the Year

Alan Wrynn & Jarlath Scollan, Handball

Fenagh St Cailian’s U13/U14 GAA

Mohill Community College Equestrian Team

Special Achievement Award

Damien Brehony, Challenge Barcelona

Leitrim Junior Pool Team

Donal Kennedy, Ironman France

Sharon O’Hara, .Ironman Hawaii

Exceptional Service to Sport Hall of Fame Award

Mary Keenan, Community Games