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Cork's young stars to be honoured

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 5:13pm

The Cork City and County Youth Awards puts deserving underage sports stars in the spotlight. 12 nominees who excelled in their sport in 2017 will battle it out for the top prize on Friday night in The Metropole, while Team of the Year will also be presented. But who is up for the big prize?

Louise Scannell & Annaliese Murphy

Members of Team Ambassador UCC, Louise and Annaliese were National Cup winners with their club in January 2017. Previous to the cup finals, Louise was also chosen for the under 18 national side, a year young, while Annaliese represented Ireland in the European championships in Romania.

Jack O'Sullivan
PBC, rugby

Jack captained Presentation Brothers College to the 29th Munster Senior Cup title in 2017. Having completed a largely unbeaten series of friendlies again top quality opposition, PBC entered the first round of the Munster Senior Cup against Ard Scoil Ris as warm favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 2010. Justifying that tag, PBC won their 29th title under the guidance of coaches Brian McMahon, Paul Barr, Ger Burke and Steve Forde.

Eabha O'Mahony
Lakewood FC, soccer

Lakewood's Éabha was named on the Dave Bell’s under 17 international team to go to Serbia to play the Elite Stage of the UEFA tournament in 2017. She was the youngest member of the panel but unfortunately suffered a burst appendix and had to undergo surgery in Belgrade. The Mount Mercy student also captained the under 15 side and played with the under 16 team as well.

Darragh McElhinney
Bantry AC, athletics

Bantry AC member Darragh was chosen as April's winner after he created history. Running in his first ever indoor 3,000m race in Abbotstown, Dublin, Darragh broke the National Youth indoor record by 17 seconds, and also beat the overall youth record (indoor and outdoor). The previous outdoor record stood for 44 years and was held by John Treacy.

Ross Bulman
Youghal CYMS, snooker

At the age of just 15 years, Ross completed an unprecedented and historic quadruple national championship clean up in Carlow at the Ivy Room, the National Snooker Academy and the home of The Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association (RIBSA) in May at the Annual National Finals Weekend. Not only did Ross win four national titles in just two days, but he created history by being the very first person to achieve this feat.

Evan Sheehan
Na Piarsaigh, hurling

A star forward with the Cork minor hurlers in 2017, Evan was instrumental in Cork's Munster success, scoring the injury-time goal that gave Cork a replay against Tipperary in the semi-final which Cork went on to win before winning the Munster title for the first time in nine years. He battled injury to make an appearance in the All-Ireland Final against Galway with Cork losing out to Galway on that occasion.

Mairead Martin
Kanturk, golf

In 2017, Mairead was a member of the Irish under 18 team for European Championships in Finland and finished tied for fifth at the French under 21 Championship. Mairead won The Irish Girls’ Close Championship in Mallow and won The Leinster Ladies’ Championship in Donabate for the second time and was selected for the Irish ladies team for the Home International matches in England, making the winning putt against England to win the championship for the first time since 2004.

Ciara Hughes
St Vals, ladies football

A member of St Val's, Ciara successfully captained the Cork Minor Ladies Football Team to their third All-Ireland win in a row. She lead by example with wins over Waterford, Kerry, Tyrone and Galway as well as playing minor and senior championship on the go with Cloughduv and St Val’s.

Callum Walshe

A fans’ favourite with his silken southpaw style, Callum has won six counties and four Munster titles as well as All-Ireland and two Junior Cadet titles. Representing Ireland at the European Junior Lightweight Championships in Bulgaria, the momentum he gathered in the four bouts in five days took him all the way to the final, where he beat the home favourite to take home gold.

Lauren Holman
St Vincent's, camogie

At the age of 18, Lauren won her first All-Ireland senior medal with Cork after they beat Kilkenny in Croke Park in September. A hugely talented soccer player also, Lauren had been a member of Cork City Women's FC but traded that in for camogie after being called up to the senior squad by manager Paudie Murray.

Damien Gore
Kilmacbea, Gaelic football

November winner Damien Gore is quickly making a name for himself as a formidable footballer and was a member of the Cork minor football team for three years. He was hugely influential for his club when they won the Junior West Cork Final against Kilbrittain.

Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane

Presentation Secondary School were crowned All-Ireland Futsal Champions, and for that, were named as the final monthly winners of the Cork City and County Youth Awards in 2017. It was a first for the school and it was the first time in the history of the nine year competition that two schools from Cork did the double, with St Francis College, Rochestown winning the boys section.

The Cork City and County Youth Overall Awards will take place in the Metropole on Friday 9 February. Secretary of the Cork County Board, Frank Murphy, is also set to to honoured for his service to Cork GAA, while Irish rugby international Laura Guest will speak at the event.

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