The shortlists have been announced for the RTE Sport Sports Person and Manager of the Year awards, with Ireland’s Niamh Briggs, Jonathan Sexton and Joe Schmidt all nominated.
The winners, along with the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year, will be revealed at the RTÉ Sport Awards in association with the Irish Sports Council, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Sunday, December 21 at 9.30pm.
As part of the ceremony, the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council’s Hall of Fame award will be also presented, to someone RTÉ have described as ‘a very special Irish sporting legend’.
RTÉ SPORT SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:
Ireland’s top points scorer at the Women’s Rugby World Cup and IRB Women’s World Player of the Year nominee
Everton’s Player of the Season and PFA Premier League Team of the Season representative
Cork Camogie and Football player, All-Ireland Ladies football and Camogie champion
Ireland’s first ever 800m medallist at a major outdoor Athletics Championship, European bronze medallist
IBF Super Bantamweight Champion of the World
British Open and USPGA Champion and member of Europe’s resounding Ryder Cup-winning team
Double European Paralympic gold medallist
Kerry footballer, All Ireland SFC winner and Footballer of the Year
Ireland out-half and the only northern Hemisphere nominee for IRB Men’s World Player of the Year
Double gold medallist at this year’s IPC European Championships
Kilkenny hurler, All-Ireland SHC winner and Hurler of the Year
World champion for the fifth consecutive occasion, European champion for sixth successive title
RTÉ SPORT MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES:
Behind every athlete is a management and coaching team. he RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year award aims to celebrate these people. The nominees are:
Manager and mastermind behind yet another All-Ireland SHC title with Kilkenny
Racehorse trainer and the man responsible for training Lord Windermere to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory
Kerry manager who plotted the Kingdom’s route to becoming All-Ireland SFC champions
Manager who led Dundalk to the their first League of Ireland soccer title in 19 years
Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning captain
2014 was another remarkable year for O’Brien, who became the first trainer to win three consecutive Epsom derbies
Head coach who led Ireland to Six Nations glory and November wins over South Africa, Georgia and Australia
The man behind Cork Ladies footballers’ stunning ninth All-Ireland title in ten years
Trainer who helped Carl Frampton to become the IBF Super Bantamweight World champion
Coached his daughter Katie to a remarkable fifth consecutive World title and sixth successive European crown
RTÉ SPORT TEAM OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:
The Team of the Year, the shortlist for which was announced on Friday, will also be revealed on December 21.
The winners of the award, which celebrates outstanding collaborative achievement by Irish sportspeople, will be decided by a public vote on the night of the RTÉ Sport Awards.
The nominees are:
Cork Ladies Football
Kerry Senior Football
Kilkenny Senior Hurling
The Cork Ladies football team became All-Ireland champions for the ninth time in 10 years, while the Cork Camogie team made it double glory for the county by also winning their All-Ireland Championship after a close contest with Kilkenny.
Dundalk FC won the EA Sports Cup and came out on top after a thrilling SSE Airtricity League, becoming Premier Division champions on the last day of the season.
The Ireland rugby team were RBS 6 Nations winners in March and also had notable Test victories over Argentina, South Africa and Australia this year.
In Gaelic football, Kerry completed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes by winning this year’s All-Ireland title after a run to the final that included two epic contests against Mayo.
Kilkenny also took part in a historic match, playing out a thrilling drawn final against Tipperary before claiming the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the seventh time in nine years in a replay.