Leitrim Sports Star Awards

VIDEO: Breege Connolly wins Overall Leitrim Sport Star of the Year award

John Connolly

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John Connolly


On a night when the best and brightest of Leitrim was honoured, Olympian Breege Connolly finished off a dream year on Saturday night when she was named as the 2016 Overall Leitrim Sport Star of the Year Awards.

The sixth annual Leitrim Sport Star Awards drew a huge crowd to the Landmark Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon with the top award going to Breege Connolly after a year that saw her compete in the Women's Marathon at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Senior Sport Star award was shared by Mohill duo Eanna Madden and John Mulligan, the Carrick-on-Shannon AC sprinter and the rising show-jumping star thrilled to accept the awards jointly having played gaelic football together at underage level for Mohill GAA club.

Double Irish Pool champion Lee McSharry won the Junior Sport Star Award while newly crowned World Powerlifting Champion Aoibheann Boyle won the Special Achievement Award for her recent exploits in Italy.

Melvin Gaels historic achievement in winning the club's first ever Minor A Championship title and being the first club from north Leitrim to lift the crown saw them honoured with the Men's team of the year Award while Connacht Ladies Senior Club finalists Kiltubrid won the Ladies Team of the Year award.

The Glencar/Manorhamilton and Manorhamilton Area Community Games Girls team who won All-Ireland titles in both Feile Peil na nOg and the National Community Games won the Juvenile Team of the Year award.

Mean Scoil Fatima National School won the Best Sport School on the back of an imaginative fitness and participation programme that is being pioneered in the school.

The Volunteer of the Year Award went to North Leitrim AC's Tom Kelly while the Leitrim Observer Unsung Hero Award went to John Joe Cullen of Allen Gaels while Carrick-on-Shannon's Joe Flynn was the recipient of the Hall of Fame Award.