NOT for the first time this season, Rachael Blackmore starred at Leopardstown as she showed her innate race-reading ability with a Grade One double on Saturday, courtesy of wins on Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle and Notebook in the Arkle Novice Chase – both for trainer Henry de Bromhead.
History was made and dynasties were further enhanced on All-Ireland club final day in Croke Park last Sunday. Corofin became the first club to win three football titles in a row while Ballyhale Shamrocks put back-to-back hurling titles together for the first time in their history and further extend their lead at the top of the club game’s roll of honour.
TWO Irish stars, one established and one emerging, put in stellar performances last weekend. Adam Idah announced himself to the world with a stunning FA Cup hat-trick for Norwich before Brendan Maher reminded everyone why he is considered one of the best hurlers in the country.
The biggest stars in Irish sport were present and correct at Croke Park to see Shane Lowry cap off the season of his life by collecting the 2019 Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year award.
Johnny Sexton last night took home the Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year award, and was joined on-stage in a heartwarming moment by his godfather, Irish Independent columnist Billy Keane, as he accepted the trophy.
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