UCC Sports Star Awards

Monday night saw the 33rd hosting of the Annual Sports Star Awards at the River Lee. A great night was had as the 10 student awardees got to meet and chat about the years challenges and successes. They were able to enjoy the evening with their families and coaches and take a well-earned break from their studies as the summer exams loom large. Eamon Ryan spoke to the gathering about his experiences in all sports and about the value of combing academics with sport & physical activity in terms of personal development.

4th April 2016..... Eamonn Ryan, Cork football selector and guest speaker presents the award for soccer to Sean O'Mahony at UCC Sports star awards in association with The River Lee and Bank of Ireland, with front from left, Audrey Scanlon, Bank of Ireland, Claire Myler, The River Lee and Dr. John O'Halloran, vice president teaching and learning UCC

It was great to see Susan Dwane pick up the Kieran Dowd Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution as athlete and coach to the UCC Karate club over the last 4 decades.

4th April 2016..... Kieran Dowd presents Susan Dwane, with the Kieran Dowd special achievement award; at the UCC Sports star awards in association with The River Lee and Bank of Ireland at the River Lee Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Director of Sport Declan Kidney paid tribute to all athletes and coaches who represented the Skull and Cross Bones with such determination and pride again this year. Declan also took the time to remember some UCC club people who sadly passed away over the last 12 months.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Adrian O Sullivan – Basketball

Pamela Mackey – Camogie

Brian Begley – Gaelic Football

Marie Ambrose – Ladies Gaelic Football

Lily De la Cour – Kickboxing

Peter Coulter – Hockey

Tadgh De Burca – Hurling

Paul Kiernan – Rugby

Sean  O Mahony – Soccer

Chris Mintern – Triathlon

The UCC Mens Hockey Club were out in force to collect their “Team of The Year Award” on the night.

4th April 2016.....   UCC mens 'B' hockey team  winners of the 'Team of the year'award at the UCC Sports star awards in association with The River Lee and Bank of Ireland  , picture show Christine O'Donovan, deputy  director  sports and physical activity UCC to  Andrew McGregor with  in front Neill Welch, Paudie Hartnett and  Phil Oakley Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Thanks to Eddie O Hare from our media partners, The Irish Examiner who provided us with some great images of the night.

Thanks also to Bank of Ireland who sponsor these great awards along with The River Lee