Tuesday 17 October 2017

Country's top sports stars turn out for Irish Independent Sports Awards

Clare hurlers, from left, Podge Collins, former star Niall Gilligan, Tony Kelly and Shane O'Donnell.
Clare hurlers, from left, Podge Collins, former star Niall Gilligan, Tony Kelly and Shane O'Donnell.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, left, 1956 Olympic Gold Medallist Ronnie Delany, centre, and Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney, left, Roy Keane, Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager and Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers.
(L-R) FAI chief John Delaney; Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager Roy Keane; Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief of Independent Newspapers; Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland Manager and Ian Mallon, Group Head of News at Independent Newspapers.
Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner, left, and former Dublin goalkeeper Paddy Cullen.
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney, left, and Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington and his mother Brida.
Croke Park Hotel manager Alan Smullen with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.
Golfer Padraig Harrington is presented with his award by Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers.
Roy Keane, Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager; Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers; Rachel Wyse, Irish Independent Sports Columnist; Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland Manager and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.
Clare Hurler Tony Kelly is presented with his award for 2013 Young Sportstar of the Year by John Moore of The Irish Independent.
Clare Hurler Tony Kelly with his award for 2013 Young Sportstar of the Year.
Broadcaster Jimmy Magee, left, with former Kerry footballing legend Mick O'Connell during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Hall of Fame recipient Jim Bolger is presented with his award by Declan Carlyle, Managing Director of Independent Newspapers Ireland, in the company of Croke Park Hotel manager Alan Smullen.
Sarah Lavin and Louise Cantillon the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Irish Independent editor Claire Grady, centre, with from left, Anne Marie McCormack, Kelly McCoy, Jane Murray and Roisin Shivers at the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill, left, President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor, and Racehorse trainer Aidan O'Brien at the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Republic of Ireland management team Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane with, from left: Annie Shivers, Kelly McCoy, Roisin Shivers, Anne-Marie McCormack and Jane Murray during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Roisin Shivers poses for a photo with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
17 December 2013; Trainer Aidan O'Brien, left, Jimmy Magee, Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and jockey Joseph O'Brien, right, during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013. The Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Croke Park Hotel manager Alan Smullen, left, with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Croke Park Hotel manager Alan Smullen, left, with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Golfer Padraig Harrington, left and former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Golfer Padraig Harrington is presented with an award by Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief, Independent Newspapers during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Pictured at the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013 were from left: FAI Chief Executive John Delaney; Roy Keane, Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager; Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief, Independent Newspapers and Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland Manager.
Senator Eamonn Coghlan, left, former Republic of Ireland International manager Brian Kerr, Olympic Welterweight Gold medallist Michael Carruth and Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh, right during the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013.
Former Kilkenny hurler Eddie Kehir, left, and former Republic of Ireland International manager Brian Kerr.
Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh, left, with Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill
Jimmy Magee, left, and Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Pictured at the Croke Park Hotel / Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year Luncheon 2013 were from left: Roy Keane, Republic of Ireland Assistant Manager; Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief, Independent Newspapers; Rachael Wyse, Independent Sports Columnist; Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland Manager and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

CELEBRATING the great and the good of Irish sport, a host of the country's top footballers, jockeys, boxers, athletes and folders turned out for the annual Irish Independent Sports Awards today.

The star-studded event, held at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin and saw a string of famous faces attend.

MC'd by Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse, there were three prizes handed out during the three-course meal.

Horse trainer Jim Bolger was initiated into the Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Magee, Jack Charlton and John Giles, while champion jockey AP McCoy was crowned the Sports Star of the Year and Clare hurler Tony Kelly took home the Young Sports Star of the Year accolade.

Tony attended the event with his All-Ireland winning team mates, Shane O'Donnell and Podge Collins, and during his acceptance speech it was noted that manager Davy Fitzgerald had called and expects them back at training this evening.

Although they were not receiving any award, the Republic of Ireland's 'dream team' management partnership Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill drew plenty of attention when they arrived with the FAI's John Delaney.

Other guests included Fionnuala Britton, Michael Carruth, Packie Bonnar and Martin Irvine.

Flat jockey Joseph O'Brien arrived with his dad Aidan, while two-time Major winning golfer Padrag Harrington was accompanied by his mother Breda.

Before the awards, Padraig received special recognition for winning the Irish Independent's Sports Star of the Year three times throughout its 25 years running.

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