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SLIGO CHAMPION SPORTS AWARDS A HUGE SUCCESS: Overall Sports Personality of the Year Winner – Cillian Gallagher

The inaugural Sligo Champion Sports Awards took place on Thursday 9th March 2017 in a packed Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo.  Winners from all age groups and an array of sporting disciplines brought friends and family along to see them pick up their awards.  The large crowd erupted with cheers when Former Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath arrived to a standing ovation.   The winners were presented with a special engraved award for the various categories.  The first player to pick up an award was Conor Griffin, who received the Men’s Senior Sportsperson of the Year Award.  As a surprise, Paul McGrath also presented Conor with his first international cap for Ireland.    Triathlete Laura Tighe, Women’s Senior Sportsperson of the Year, spoke  about overcoming her recent collar bone fracture and keeping the dream of reaching Tokyo 2020 alive.  Séamas Keogh won Juvenile Sportsman of the Year.  Mona McSharry won Juvenile Sportswoman of the Year.  Shane flanagan, captain of the Co Sligo Golf Club, winning Senior Men’s Team of the Year, said it was an extremely  poignant year for them, winning the AIG Cup, while also losing teammate and close friend Mark Rooney.  Angela Doohan of the extremely successful St Nathy’s  ladies team praised her fellow teammates for their commitment, which was shown on the pitch, last year they won all four senior  titles and winning this years Senior Ladies Team of the Year.    Barry Convey, Summerhill College coach, winning Juvenile Men’s Team of the Year said winning the school’s first Connacht championship in 31 years made it an unforgettable year, highlighting the hard work from his group of players.  Sophie McDonagh, captain of the Ursuline College U14 girls, said it was hard work at training that won them the FAI Schools championship.  The school deservedly won the Juvenile Ladies Team of the Year Award.  There were large cheers when the tireless Dermot McDermott went up on stage to collect the Manager/Coach of the Year Award.  Thomas Connolly and Margaret Carr were joint winners of the Sports Disability Award.  Winners also included; Eastern Harps GAA winning the Community Participation Initiative Award.  John McGetrick winning the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Shane O’Meara, EJ’s All-Stars was presented with a Special Recognition Award.  With the final award going to Mick Burke for the Hall of Fame Award.

Nominations are now CLOSED