RTÉ Sport has announced the shortlist for their Sports Person of the Year, Sports Team of the Year and a new award – the Sports Manager of the Year.
Sports Person of the Year nominees: Darren Clarke, Michael Fennelly, Sean O’Brien, Katie Taylor, Rory McIlroy, John Joe Nevin, Kevin O’Brien, Alan Brogan, and Robbie Keane are all up for that gong following success in their respective fields.
The bookies have installed World Number two and U.S Open champion McIlroy as favourite and British Open Champion Darren Clark is a close second. Next up is five-time European Amateur Boxing Champion Katie Taylor and ERC European player of the Year Sean O’ Brien is a close fourth. The rest are long-shot outsiders.
The RTÉ Sports Team of the Year nominees: European rugby champions Leinster, All-Ireland football champions Dublin, Ladies’ football All Ireland and League champions Cork, the Republic of Ireland soccer team, Airtricity League champions Shamrock Rovers, All Ireland Hurling Champions Kilkenny, back-to-back All Ireland Camogie Champions Wexford and the Irish cricket team.
In recognition of the huge effort behind the scenes and on the sidelines this year RTÉ have introduced the Sports Manager of the Year award with eight nominees.
Sports managers of the year nominees: Kilkenny Hurling manager Brian Cody, Wexford Camogie Manager JJ Doyle, Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill, head coach with the IABI High Performance Unit Billy Walsh, Leinster rugby coach Joe Schmidt, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, Dublin football manager Pat Gilroy and leading National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins.
The winners will be revealed at The RTÉ Sports Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One and www.rte.ie/sport, Sunday 18 December at 9.30pm.
The winners will be selected by RTÉ sports journalists, editorial staff and broadcasters and will be announced live on the night.
The awards ceremony will also see the honour of the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council’s Hall of Fame Award presented to an Irish sporting legend.