GAA stars overlooked at RTÉ Sports Awards

December 17, 2017

Galway's Joe Canning and Andy Moran of Mayo.

Last night's RTÉ Sports Awards were notable for the absence of GAA personalities from the list of winners.

Hurler of the Year Joe Canning and Footballer of the Year Andy Moran were shortlisted for the prestigious RTÉ Sport Awards Sportperson of the Year accolade, while Cork's All-Ireland winning camogie captain Rena Buckley and Dublin ladies football star Noelle Healy were also among the 14-strong shortlist. 

However, following a public vote, there were no GAA winners with Irish soccer star James McClean landing the big prize.

RTE pundits Michael Duignan and Tomas O Se were among those to query why the achievements of dual star Con O'Callaghan - who didn't even make the shortlist - and the Dublin footballers weren't recognised. 

The winners were:

Sportsperson of the Year: James McClean
Team of the Year: The Irish showjumping team
Manager of the Year: Aidan O'Brien
Young Sportsperson of the Year: Mona McSharry

Hall of Fame Inductee: Ken Doherty


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