The Anglo-Celt are delighted to announce the 12 monthly nominees for our Sports Awards, in conjunction with the Cavan Crystal Hotel. The scheme will culminate in a gala dinner at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Friday, February 2nd, 2018, where the winners of the overall Readers’ Choice Sports Star of the Year (chosen from the 12 monthly winners), Team of the year, the Outstanding Achievement, Young Sportsperson of the Year, Hall of Fame and PRO of the Year will also be announced. The Reader's Choice Award text voting lines are now open and you can vote for your favourite Sport's Star by following the text instructions below.
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Here are all the nominees and winners!
January – Aoife Maguire (basketball)
January was a red letter month for Virginia basketballer Aoife Maguire, who captained DCU Mercy to victory in the prestigious U20 National Cup Final against Killester in the national arena.
To vote for Aoife text CAVAN1 to 57199
February – Sean McEvoy (soccer)
Another young Virginia star, Sean McEvoy, excelled in February when he won two caps for the Republic of Ireland U15 soccer team at a tournament in Holland. Sean plays for the famous St Kevin’s in Dublin.
To vote for Sean text CAVAN2 to 57199
March – Killian Clarke (football)
Cavan senior football captain Killian Clarke enjoyed an eventful season. In March, he delivered brilliant performances against Mayo and Kerry as Cavan found their feet in Division 1 of the NFL.
To vote for Killian text CAVAN3 to 57199
April – Co Cavan RFC first XV (rugby)
After many years of trying, Co Cavan RFC finally got their hands on the Gordon West Cup with a brilliant performance against red hot favourites PSNI at Ravenhill.
To vote for Co Cavan RFC first XV text CAVAN4 to 57199
May – Cavan ladies football
Ulster titles are rare achievements in sport but not for the Cavan ladies! In May, Cavan ladies teams won provincial honours in U14, U16 and minor grades, a phenomenal return by the Breffni girls.
To vote for Cavan ladies football text CAVAN5 to 57199
June – Leona Maguire (golf)
Ballyconnell golfing superstar Leona Maguire landed her biggest win to date on June 17 when she won The 114th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig course in Wales.
To vote for Leona text CAVAN6 to 57199
July – Jade Williams (Athletics)
Bailieborough’s Jade Williams was part of the Irish team who travelled to Gyor in Hungary for the European Youth Olympic Festival and claimed the bronze medal in the women’s hammer with a PB of 61.08m.
To vote for Jade text CAVAN7 to 57199
August – Cian Madden (football)
Cian Madden, from Gowna, had a stand-out year for the Cavan minor football team. He excelled in their run to the Ulster final and All-Ireland semi and was Man of the Match in the win over Galway on August 5.
To vote for Cian text CAVAN8 to 57199
September – Lurgan ladies football
Lurgan ladies have been the dominant side in Cavan in recent years and they landed a third Michelle Keating Cup in succession with their 4-18 to 0-5 final win over Killygarry on September 6.
To vote for Lurgan ladies football text CAVAN9 to 57199
October – Micheál Lyng (football)
Cavan Gaels stormed to the county title in October and, for their captain Micheál Lyng, it was a ninth medal. Lyng subsequently captained the team to a first Ulster Club SFC final since 1977.
To vote for Micheál text CAVAN10 to 57199
November – Killian Heery (adventure running)
Killian Heery combines running, cycling and mountain climbing! The Bailieboro brickie is one of the top endurance athletes in Ireland and proved it by winning the Adventure Series.
To vote for Killian text CAVAN11 to 57199
December – Ceire Smith (boxing)
Ballyhaise fighter Ceire Smith came back with a bang after time out of the ring when she claimed the Ulster Elite 51kg title against Belfast’s Carly McNaul with an impressive and emphatic win.
To vote for Ceire text CAVAN12 to 57199
Team of the Year Nominees:
There are four contenders in this grade, covering men’s and ladies football and camogie.
Crosserlough camogie/ladies football,
St Pat’s Rannafast Cup team, Cavan
Gaels senior football team
Outstanding Achievement Nominees:
This category honours a person or club for a special achievement during the year just passed or over a longer period of time.
Drumalee GFC, Loreto College (football),
Cavan Cricket Club, Cavan Archery Club,
Young Sports Star Nominees:
The sports covered in this section this year are golf, football, athletics, power-lifting, motorsport and handball.
Odhran Maguire (golf), Britny Arendse
(power-lifting), Jade Williams (athletics),
Jenna McCann (motorsport), Oisin
Pierson (football), Niamh McCorry
(football/athletics), Conor Owens
PRO of the Year:
The PRO of the Year is awarded to a person who makes an outstanding contribution in publicising their sport in The Anglo-Celt.
Sharon Higgins, Virginia RFC
Hall of Fame:
The Hall of Fame award is for individuals who have a long-standing record of achievement in their sport.
Patsy Hand, Greg Sheridan (handball)
Terms & Conditions
T&C: Text line available in the Republic of Ireland only. 57199 messages cost €1. SMS entry requires one message to be delivered. Max 30 entries per mobile number per day. Standard network charges apply. Lines close on midnight Wednesday 31st January at midnight. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday, 2nd February in The Cavan Crystal Hotel. You may receive promotional SMS in future. To opt out text STOP to 57250. Helpline BDC 0818286600.