KATIE TAYLOR was named The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council 'Sportswoman of the Year 2012' on Thursday for her exceptional sporting achievements throughout the year.
Katie was presented with her award by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at an awards ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel.
Taylor won the Sportswoman of the Month award in May after securing her fourth consecutive World title, beating Russian Southpaw Sofya Ochigava 11-7 in a tense technical final in Qinhuangdao, northern China.
Taylor then represented Ireland in the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she won the country's only gold medal.
' I'm honoured and delighted to be named the Sportswoman of the Year,' said Katie. ' This has been an amazing year for me and for Irish women in sport and I would like to congratulate all the finalists in their respective fields who have excelled at major sporting events such as the 2012 London Olympics, the All Ireland Finals and The Grand National.'