Athletics: O'Rourke doubles up on awards night
DERVAL O'Rourke capped off her season by sweeping the boards at the Woodies DIY/Tipperary Crystal national athletics awards dinner.
The Leevale star won 'Athlete of the Year' and also took 'Track Athlete of the Year' after being pipped for gold by just two hundredths of a second in the 100m hurdles final at the European Championships, where she ran her latest Irish record of 12.65 seconds.
In a year in which 27 other Irish records were set, Cork walker Robert Heffernan (Togher) took the race walking award, Ferrybank long-jumper Kelly Proper was the 'Field Athlete of the Year' and Clonliffe's Mark Kenneally won 'Cross-Country/Road Athlete of the Year'.
O'Rourke's Leevale team-mate Ailis McSweeney won the 'Most Inspirational Performance' award for breaking Michelle Carroll's 32-year-old Irish 100m record.
Elsewhere, three-time Irish senior cross-country champion Peter Mathews (DSD) proved that class is permanent when he won the highly competitive Over-40 title at the British and Irish Cross-Country Championships in Santry. Mathews, who turns 41 next week, came home 36 seconds clear of England's John Herbert and was one of Ireland's three individual winners at the event.
Ciaran Doherty pipped Irish team-mate Paul McNamara by just two seconds in the men's Over-35 race, while Carmel Parnell was a clear winner in the women's Over-55 category.
Ireland's men took four team golds -- at Over-35, Over-45, Over-55 and Over-70 -- and Irish Olympian Jim McNamara took silver in the latter to help Ireland win by just two points.