Amy broadhurst (Boxing)
The 15-year-old Dundalk schoolgirl has already being saddled with the 'next Katie Taylor' tag after winning the European Junior Featherweight Championship. She comprehensively beat the world No 3 in her semi-final and showed true grit to come from behind to pip Russia's world silver medallist 16-15 in a thrilling final.
JOhnny coen (Hurling)
BEING chosen as Young Hurler of the Year was a fitting finale to an outstanding championship campaign from the 21-year-old Loughrea man. A quick, smart defender, he played a major part in Galway's march to a first Leinster title and later in the All-Ireland semi-final and final (draw and replay). He represented the new spirit that ran through Galway hurling in what was their best season for many years.
craig gilroy (rugby)
THIS 21-year-old is the darling of the rugby world right now with many tipping him to be a bolter on the Lions tour to Australia next summer. The Down man announced himself with a sensational individual try in his side's Heineken Cup quarter-final win at Thomond Park. His hat-tricks for Ireland XVs against the Barbarians and Fiji were followed by a debut effort in an impressive debut against Argentina.
pat mcbrearty (Football)
Still only 19, McBrearty has already won one All-Ireland and two Ulster senior medals. The Kilcar youngster has slotted easily into a demanding role in a high-energy Donegal forward line, which unlocked every defence they encountered in the course of a historic championship campaign.
gavin moynihan (golf)
IN a year of outstanding achievement by Rory McIlroy in the global arena, 18-year-old Moynihan made big waves of his own. The pride of the Island Golf Club romped five clear of a talent-packed field to become the first Irish golfer to lift the prestigious Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath in April before powering to victory in the Irish Amateur Open Championship at a windswept Royal Dublin in May. Moynihan then played the best golf of his life to register an unbeaten three-and-a-half points for Europe at the Junior Ryder Cup in Chicago. He also represented GB&I Boys at the Jacques Leglise Trophy and the Irish men's team in the Eisenhower.
JOSEPH O'BRIEN (Racing)
AT the end of a sensational Flat campaign, 19-year-old O'Brien was crowned champion jockey for the first time, the youngest rider to achieve the feat in more than 60 years. Having already showcased his exquisite riding ability en route to twice winning the apprentices' title, O'Brien stepped up to the senior ranks in splendid style, Camelot's hat-trick of Classic victories in the 2,000 Guineas and Epsom and Irish Derbies the undoubted highlights of a season that yielded no less than 10 Group One triumphs for his father, Aidan.