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Katie Taylor with her parents Peter and Bridget at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Katie Taylor with her parents Peter and Bridget at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin

Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin

Caroline Harrington at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin

Caroline Harrington at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin

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Katie Taylor with her parents Peter and Bridget at the 26th Excellence in Sport Awards 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

The Irish women's rugby side has been honoured for its superb performance on the sports field.

The team picked up the award for Outstanding Team Achievement at the Excellence in Sport Awards last night, particularly for its Grand Slam win last year and its impressive participation in this year's Rugby World Cup.

It was a night for rugby as Ireland's men's team were also honoured at the awards in Dublin for their Six Nations win in Paris last March.

Dubliner Paul McGinley picked up the gong for his trojan work with this year's successful European Ryder Cup team and the golfer picked up the Captain's Prize.

Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin and Cork's Briege Corkery were also honoured for their individual contributions.

Legendary athlete Sonia O'Sullivan was presented with a Lifetime Achievement prize.

The Olympic medallist (45) said that she was delighted to be at the ceremony.

"I haven't been to one for a while so it is a bit of a novelty," she added.

John O'Shea won the Magic Moment' award for his crucial goal against Germany in October while surfer Fergal Smith won the Alternative Sport' prize. Former soccer player Ray Houghton picked up the Reeling Back the Years award.

The event, now in its 26th year, has raised more than €3m for the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) to date. Golfer Padraig Harrington hosted the ceremony, fresh from his Indonesia Open win at the weekend.

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