Micheal Mullins receives his award from Finbarr McCarthy 96FM. From left were Colm Bolger, Rochestown Park Hotel; Marc Sheehan, Chairman Cork County GAA Board’ Terence McCarthy, team selector; Kieran McGeary CE, Cork 96FM C103 and Pat Horgan, Vice Chairman, Cork County Board. Photo: Tony O’Connell

Michael picks up June award

Finbarr McCarthy

The Cork under 20 hurlers were a joy to watch all season and in an unbeaten run, they were crowned Munster and All-Ireland champions.

Throughout their exciting campaign they had many key players, Eoin Downey was actually the April award winner, but team captain Michael Mullins stood out, not only for his leadership qualities, but he also chipped in with 2 of the best goals seen in the championship.

Michael who plays his club hurling with Whitechurch was the June winner of the 96FM/C103 Sports Star award in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel.

Michael, whose father also wore the Cork jersey with distinction, was delighted to be honoured. “I am really accepting this award on behalf of a great group of players and management whose sole ambition at the start of the year was to win the All-Ireland, and I want to thank everyone for making that happen.” Michael also thanked his club for their support all year.

County Board Chairman Marc Sheehan said he was delighted to see Michael being honoured as he was an outstanding captain who led by example all season. “I also congratulate the selectors for their trojan work all year; our thanks also to 96FM and the Rochestown Park Hotel for their continued support of these very prestigious awards.”

Tom Tobin of Rochestown Park Hotel and Kieran McGeary of 96FM congratulated Michael on his award and wished him continued success for the rest of the season.

Michael was accompanied by family members including his grandmother Esther, while several players including previous award winners Ben Cunningham and Darragh O’Sullivan,

selector Terence McCarthy and key backroom member Derek Connolly were also in attendance.

Michael now joins the previous monthly winners in this the 20th year of the very prestigious awards scheme. Ballygiblin’s Shane Betson was the January recipient while UCC’s Dylan Foley was the February winner, while Mitchelstown CBS manager Willie Duggan was the March winner, with Cork under 20 hurler Eoin Downey picking up the April award, while Cork Ladies Football star Doireann O’Sullivan was the May recipient.

The gala banquet will be held on 26 January 2024.