Pat Horgan, Vice Chairman Cork County Board; Kieran McGeary CEO, Cork 96FM/C103, Finbarr McCarthy 96FM presenting the award to Amy O’Connor; Marian McCarthy, Cork Camogie Board; Tom Tobin GM Rochestown Park Hotel; Jerry Walsh, Irish Officer, County Board and Francis Kenneally PRO, Cork County Board with Ken Perrott, 96FM. Photo: Tony O’Connell

Amy wins August award

Picking the 96FM/C103 GAA Sports Star of the month in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel can be challenging at times but not so for the August award!

Amy O’Connor not only led Cork to their 26th All-Ireland Senior Camogie title, but her display in the final was a key factor in the win, not least her total of 3-7, the hat-trick of goals coming in a brilliant spell just after half-time.

The St Vincent’s player was delighted to be honoured. “This is a lovely award to get and I am really accepting it on behalf of a great group of players who worked so hard all year.”

Amy has special words for former coach Matthew Twomey who was present along with team-mates Aisling Egan and Meabh Cahalane. “What Mathew has done for this group of players I cannot put into words. He worked so hard over the last number of years and we were delighted to win the All-Ireland for him and while we are very disappointed that he has left, we wish him the very best going forward.”

County Board Vice-Chairman Pat Horgan also congratulated Amy and the Cork team on an outstanding display in the final. Pat also thanked the sponsors for their continued support of these very prestigious awards.

Tom Tobin Rochestown Park Hotel and Kieran Mc Geary 96FM also congratulated on Amy on her well deserved award and Cork on the outstanding performance in the final.

Family and friends were in attendance along with Marion McCarthy representing the Cork Camogie Board, Jerry Walsh and Francis Kenneally the Cork GAA Board, camogie reporters Linda Mellerick and Rory Noonan, while Don O’Sullivan, Chairman St Vincent’s Camogie Club was also present.

Amy 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, UCC’s Dylan Foley was the February winner, Mitchelstown CBS Manager Willie Duggan was the March winner, with Cork Under 20 hurler Eoin Downey picking up the April award.

Cork Ladies Football star Doireann O’Sullivan was the May recipient. Cork Under 20 hurling captain Michael Mullins was the June recipient, with Cork Footballer Rory Maguire the winner in July.

The gala banquet will be held on 26 January 2024.