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Lowry Selected As Offaly Sports Achiever Of The Decade

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Lowry Selected As Offaly Sports Achiever Of The Decade thumbnailShane Lowry, the Offaly Sports Achiever of the Decade. TT46700

GOLFER Shane Lowry has been named as Offaly Sports Achiever of the decade by an independent adjudication panel appointed by Offaly Sports Partnership to consider nominations for its Sports Awards of the Decade. 
Meanwhile in the volunteer awards categories Ann Maire Guinan from Drumcullen Camogie Club was named Youth Volunteer of the Decade; Liam "Morley" Brereton of St. Brigid's Boxing Club, Edenderry was named as Volunteer of the Decade and John Cronin from Tullamore Harriers is to be acknowledged for a lifetime contribution to sport.
 The adjudicator panel of Matt Connor (Offaly Sports Partnership patron), Kevin Corrigan (Midland/Tullamore Tribune sports editor) and Emma Jane Clarke (Sport Ireland) deliberated at length on the 15 various sports categories and a short list of 52 sports people for the various sporting awards. They then looked at all category winners and choose Lowry as the nominee for the county's outstanding sporting achievement for the decade. Results from the other sporting categories will remain a guarded secret until presentations are made at a gala function in the Bridge House Hotel on Saturday 3rd December. 
All nominees on the shortlist have been invited to the gala function on December, 3 where the special guest will be Irish running legend, John Treacy, the head of the Irish Sports Council.
The awards were organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Offaly Sports Partnership and they will recognise the central role that sport plays in Offaly.
Shane Lowry has been recognised as the Sports Achiever of the Decade, after catapulting himself into the upper echelons of world golf since winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009. He turned professional shortly after that and won one of golf's biggest events, the Bridgestone Invitational last year while he went agonisingly close to capturing one of the majors, the US Open this year. This week, he is competing in the European Tour's big event, their season ending DP World Tour Championship before traveling onto Melbourne where he will partner Graeme McDowell for Ireland in the World Cup.
The other individual sports winners will be announced on the night with three people nominated in each category, plus eight for a general category called 'other sports', where two winners will be honoured.
The following are the nominees:
Athletics: Pauline Curley, Gordon Kennedy, James Nolan;
Boxing: Lauren Hogan, Brian Kennedy, Grainne Walsh;
Camogie: Elaine Dermody, Michaela Morkan, Sheila Sullivan;
Court sports: David Hope (handball), Susan Moran (basketball), Micheal O'Brien (handball);
Gaelic football: Ciaran McManus, Niall McNamee, Karol Slattery;
Golf: Billy Donlon, Stuart Grehan, Shane Lowry;
Horse sport: Darragh Kenny (show jumping), Pat Smullen (horse racing), Tom Malone (horse racing);
Hurling: Brian Carroll, Shane Dooley, Rory Hanniffy;
Ladies football: Emma Dalton, Mairead Daly, Lorraine Keena;
Para-Sport: Eoin Cleere, Lorraine Regan, Nicole Turner;
Rugby: Peter Bracken, Aaron Deverell, Peter Dooley;
Soccer: Iarfhlaith Davoren, Sylvia Gee, Seamus Kelly;
Special Olympics: Damien Breslin, Dessie Gonoude, Patrick Moore;
Water sport: Alex Condron (swimming), Peter Neale (rowing), Niamh NiCheilleachair (rowing);
Other sports: William Buckley jnr (pitch and putt), Mary Daly (triathlon), Aiden Fogarty (clay pigeon shooting), Kevin Keyes (motor bike racing), Cathal McDonald (clay pigeon shooting), Tracey McGrath (pitch and putt), Francine Meehan (cycling), Maire Triona Keane (triathlon).
As a challenge, members of the public are encouraged to try and predict the winners for each category and see if their selection matches that of the adjudicators.
All nominees have been invited to attend the function and chairperson of the Sports Partnership, Miriam O'Callaghan said: 'The coming together of sop many dedicated sports people from so many disciplines will be a fitting celebration of the past ten years of sport in Offaly'.
  Tickets for the function are €30 each and include a four course meal, dancing until late and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of Offaly's leading sports people from the past ten years and earlier. They are available from the Offaly Sports Partnership on 057 9346843 or Eamon Henry, co-ordinator Sports Partnership, on 086 7948054.

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