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McCarthys go head to head

Thursday, 12th December, 2019 7:55am

Cork rowing world gold medalist Fintan McCarthy and Para-Athletics discus bronze medalist Niamh McCarthy are both in contention for a national award this week.

The Canon Hayes National Sports Awards takes place this Friday 13 December. The Cork athletes are on the shortlist for the award which also includes European eventing bronze medal winner Cathal Daniels from Galway.

Organiser Martin Quinn said that this year's event is a great celebration of sport on a local and national basis: “The awards were inaugurated in 1996 and over the years they have grown in importance and significance and are now rightfully regarded as being the most prestigious of their kind in the country.”

Along with the national award, there are awards in several other categories with the Outstanding Achievement Award going to Liam Sheedy who managed Tipperary to the All-Ireland title in September. One of the all time rugby greats, John 'The Bull' Hayes will also be honoured on Friday night when he receives the Mick Doyle Award. The award, named in memory of another rugby great, the late Mick Doyle, is being presented to Hayes in recognition of a career that saw him capped 105 times for Ireland and 217 times for Munster, and achieve Six Nations, Triple Crown and Grand Slam and European Cup success.

The County Award includes three team nominations: the Tipperary under 20 team that won the Munster and All-Ireland championships, the Tipperary intermediate ladies team who also won Munster and All-Ireland honours and the FAI Junior Cup Champions and Presidents Cup champions, St Michael's AFC.

Competing for local honours is underage club and county player Megan Heffernan from Galtee Rovers LGFC, Tipperary under 20 goalie and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams hurler Aaron Browne, and Aherlow LGFC sisters and county intermediate teammates, Caitlin and Anna-Rose Kennedy.

The awards will be presented by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.

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