THE cream of the Rebel county's young sports men and women convene for what promises to be a glittering affair at the annual City and County Youth Star Awards in the Gresham Metropole Hotel on Saturday night.
Cork's most talented sporting achievers assemble for the staging supported by John Buckley Sports. The concept of the scheme honours the achievements of Cork's finest young talent from nine to 19 years of age.
A representative gathering of civic and sport administrators headed by guest speaker Marc Sheehan, Chairman, Cork Rebel Óg promise to applaud the achievements a diverse line up of sports. The overall City and County Youth Sports Star of the Year will be picked from a list of twelve monthly award winners.
The inaugural winner Brendan O'Sullivan recognised Meelin's All Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship win from 2011.
A fantastic lineup of young stars will be hailed in an awards scheme that's a cherished opportunity to showcase a mixed array of sports. Indeed a wide range of sporting disciplines will come under the spotlight in saluting the county's brightest male and female sporting prospects.
From soccer comes the talented Gary Buckley on Cork City's Elite League and McGill Cup wins.
Cork maintained a glorious innings in ladies football, Orlagh Farmer guided UCC to win the O'Connor Cup and Doireann O'Sullivan from Mourneabbey contributed to Cork's win over Kerry in the All Ireland senior final.
Basketball is to the fore per the success of St. Angela's and CBC in national colleges Cup finals.
And Glen Rovers emerged to the fore in Camogie, team captain Nicole O'Brien merits a selection after county minor glory.
Oliver McCarthy from Brian Dillons Boxing Club travelled far and wide and made a distinct impression on capturing gold at the European Junior Championships.
Athletics allowed David Cussen of Old Abbey AC come to the fore at high jump with Meghan Collins sweeping to gold at the European Road Bowling Championships. Jockey Jane Mangan from Conna became the first female to win the Galway City Handicap at Ballybrit.
Rugby allowed Canovee's Aidan Moynihan lead Rockwell to Munster Colleges glory in addition to being parcel of the Cork minor football panel. Darren Sweetnam's endeavous in hurling is acknowledged as is Ballincollig's march to a county Premier 2 minor hurling title.
Bol Chairperson Susan Greene will be inducted into the City and County Youths Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding service to road bowling.