Friday 23 February 2018

Tony McCoy crowned RTE Sports Person of the Year

21 December 2013; Jockey Tony McCoy who was nominated for sports person of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Jockey Tony McCoy who was nominated for sports person of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Dublin football manager Jim Gavin and his wife Jennifer in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Paralympian Jason Smyth, double gold medallist at the World Championships, left, and Paralympian Michael McKillop, double gold medallist at the World Championships, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Ireland Boxing coach Billy Walsh who was nominated for manager of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; St. Patrick's manager Liam Buckley who was nominated for manager of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Team Ireland boxers, from left, Michael Conlan, Sean McComb, Tommy McCarthy and Paddy Barnes in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Clare hurler Tony Kelly and Noami McMahon in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Dublin footballers, who were nominated for team of the year, from left, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Stephen Cluxton, Jack McCaffrey and Paul Flynn in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Team Ireland Paralympic swimmers who were nominated for team of the year, from left, Darragh McDonald, Ellen Keane, James Scully, Dave Malone, Laurence McGuigan and coach Jim Lafferty in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Jockey Joseph O'Brien who was nominated for sports person of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Ireland Women's Rugby players, who were nominated for team of the year, from left, Fiona Coughlan, Lynn Cantwell and Niamh Briggs in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Leinster Rugby players, who were nominated for team of the year, Sean O'Brien, left, and Luke Fitzgerald in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Dublin footballers, who were nominated for team of the year, from left, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Stephen Cluxton, Jack McCaffrey and Paul Flynn in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Clare players, who were nominated for team of the year, from left, Tony Kelly, Patrick Donnellan, manager Davy Fitzgerald, Donal O'Donovan and Shane O'Donnell in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Former Republic of Ireland international Paul McGrath with his mother Betty, centre, and niece Mawia O'Reilly in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; World 50k race-walking champion Robert Heffernan in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald who was nominated for manager of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Galway camogie players, who were nominated for team of the year, Therese Maher, left, and Lorraine Ryan in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Annalise Murphy, gold medallist in the Laser class at the European Sailing Championships, who was nominated for sports person of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 December 2013; Martyn Irvine, gold medallist at the World Track Cycling Championships, who was nominated for sports person of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Tony McCoy was on Saturday night crowned the 2013 RTE Sports Person of the Year.

The 18-times champion jockey created further history in November when he rode his 4,000th winner over jumps.

McCoy fended off challenges from 11 other leading Irish contenders, including Rob Heffernan, Martyn Irvine, Tony Kelly, Michael Darragh Macauley, Michael McKillop, Annalise Murphy, Joseph O’Brien, Jason Quigley, Jonathan Sexton and Jason Smyth to lift the prize.

He said: "It's great, it's a fantastic honour. Any one of them would be a very worthy winner."

Clare’s hurlers received the RTÉ Sports Team of the Year award as a result of a public vote and manager Davy Fitzgerald landed the RTÉ Sports Manager of the Year award after guiding his young charges to victory in the All-Ireland SFC final replay against Cork.

Fitzgerald has been instrumental in three of the Banner County’s four All-Ireland triumphs, having won titles as a player in 1995 and 1997.

Former Republic of Ireland international Paul McGrath was inducted into the RTÉ Sports Awards Hall of Fame.

The cultured defender, who enjoyed long stints with both Manchester United and Aston Villa, cited the 1990 World Cup as a career highlight during his acceptance speech.

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