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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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