McIlroy named RTE Sports Person of the Year

Updated: December 19, 2011

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Rory McIlroy capped an incredible year by claiming the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year for 2011 in a ceremony on Sunday night.

McIlroy along with Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, the Leinster rugby team and Jack Kyle were among those honoured at the Awards held in association with the Irish Sports Council.

22 year old McIlroy has enjoyed a whirlwind 2011 claiming his first major, the US open, in record breaking fashion and climbing to number two in the world rankings.

Trapattoni meanwhile claimed the inaugural RTÉ Sports Manager of the Year award, introduced to recognise the efforts of those on the sidelines and behind the scenes. The Italian honoured for leading Ireland to their first European Championship since 1988.

The RTÉ Sports Team of the Year award was presented to the Leinster rugby team who claimed the Heineken Cup in thrilling fashion last May. Trailing 22-6 at half time, Leinster turned the match around in stunning fashion to claim a 33-22 win.

Jack Kyle won the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council Hall of Fame Award. Kyle, a member of Ireland’s first ever Grand Slam winning team in 1948, won 46 caps for Ireland.

Speaking at the awards, Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: “2011 has been a fantastic year for Irish sport and RTÉ is proud to honour the sports men, women, teams and managers that have all achieved so much this year.

“It is a great reflection on our national and international success over the last 12 months that each award had so many worthy contenders. We look forward to broadcasting more great Irish sporting achievements in 2012.”

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