Top stars gather in Tipperary for Canon Hayes sports awards

Top stars gather in Tipperary for Canon Hayes sports awards

Trainer and former Red Rum jockey Tommy Stack to receive Mick Doyle Golden Sporting Memory award.

 Some of the top names in Irish sport will gather in Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Tipperary, on Saturday next, December 3rd for the 2016 Canon Hayes National Sports Awards.

These awards which are recognised as being one of the most prestigious in the country are in their 21st year and Canon Hayes Centre Chairman, Martin Quinn, says 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.  

This is attributable to the fact that they encompass all sporting disciplines and that they adequately reflect the top sporting achievements in any given year. In effect therefore they are a ‘true barometer of the sporting year’ said Martin Quinn.

Double Grand National winning trainer Mouse Morris nominated for County Award.

The nominees for the National Award are the Irish Under 21 European Champion Show Jumping Team, the Olympic winning Rowing Ireland Team and the all conquering Team Ireland Paralympians.

The County Award includes sportspeople who have also excelled at a national/international level; Aintree & Irish Grand National winning trainer Mouse Morris, Best Irishman at the Dublin Marathon Sergiu Ciobanu and the GAA sensation of 2016, Tipperary Senior Footballers.

Competing for Local honours are the new TSDL Premier side Tipperary Town FC, County Minor Football Champions, Galtee Rovers/Golden Combo and the All-Ireland 'B' Schools hurling Champions, Abbey CBS.

Marathon runner Sergiu Ciobanu nominated for County Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is being lined up for the All-Ireland Hurling Champions from the Premier County at Senior and Minor level.  It was Tipp's first minor All-Ireland title since 2012 while the seniors brought Tipperary into double territory with their first All-Ireland triumph since 2010, and 27th overall.

The Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award, will be presented on December 3rd to Classic winning trainer and former champion jump jockey Tommy Stack, who achieved lasting fame when he rode Red Rum to his third Grand National victory at Aintree in 1977.

Other awards on the night will include the Canon Hayes/Tipperary Sports Partnership Volunteer in Sport Award. There are six nominees; Kay Cantwell, Moycarkey Coolcroo AC, Marie Casey, Cahir Camogie Club, Peggy Kennedy, Ardfinnan Ladies Football, Andrew Fryday, Clonoulty Rossmore GAA, Eibhlis Purcell, Moyne AC and Billy Purcell, Moycarkey Coolcroo AC.

Tipperary footballers nominated for County Award.

Many former sportspeople will be in attendance at the Awards including Ronnie Delany, Olive Loughnane and Declan Browne along with the Acting President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Mr. Willie O'Brien, and Ambassadors from Slovakia, Israel and Hungary.