Award for Siobhan and her teammates

Marisa Reidy

CURROW'S Six Nations rugby hero, Siobhan Fleming, and her victorious Irish teammates have been named this year's 'Team of the Year' in the Pembroke Communications' Sports Sentiment Index 2013.

The Ireland, Munster and Tralee RFC star played a key role in helping the Irish women's rugby team secure their first ever Six Nations Grand Slam last March - and came home to a hero's welcome in Currow afterwards, where she admitted being 'blown away' by the reception.

The historic team shared the 'team of the year' accolade with the impressive Clare hurlers who claimed the All Ireland Championship title in stunning style in September.

The nationwide poll examined the attitudes of 1,000 Irish people towards sport, their sporting heroes, participation levels, the impact of sport on the Irish psyche and the contribution sport is making to local communities.

In addition to the Kerry woman taking her rightful place on the 2013 'team of the year,' participants also voted race walker Rob Heffernan's gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow as the greatest Irish sporting achievement of 2013 - followed closely by Katie Taylor's olympic medal.

The appointment of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane to manage the Irish soccer team was voted the greatest sporting moment of the last 12 months, while it seems soccer is still the most 'liked' sport in Ireland on 49 per cent, followed by rugby at 45 per cent and both Gaelic games of hurling and football at 30 per cent.