Limerick camogie player Niamh Mulcahy and Ireland U-20 rugby player Ben Betts have been named as the Limerick Sports Stars for the month of May.
Ahane’s Mulcahy was in sensational form for the Limerick camogie team in their All Ireland campaign, scoring 1-27 in their two games in June against Wexford and Waterford and following that up with 1-10 and 0-5 in the games against Clare and Offaly in June.
She is the top scorer in the championship, 17 points clear of second place. She is recognised as the senior award recipient.
Ballyhahill native Ben Betts - who plays his club rugby with Young Munster having started out with Estuary - is the Young Sports Star of the month for June. He played a key role at tighthead prop on the Ireland U-20 rugby team that reached the World Cup final in Manchester.
The Limerick Sports Star award which is organised by the Limerick Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa and the Limerick Leader honours the outstanding sporting candidate for their achievements in a given month.
The winners are announced monthly but presented quarterly at a lunch in the Limerick Radisson Blu. Each winner is presented with a personalised silver presentation plate from Keane’s Jewellers.
The next presentation will be on Thursday, August 4, when the May, June and July winners will be honoured.
In addition each winner will be invited back to a Gala dinner in January when the Limerick Sports Star of the Year will be announced.
The judges for the Limerick Sports Star are: Steven Miller (Sports Editor, Limerick Leader); Pat Price (Limerick Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa); Stephen Lucey (former Limerick hurler and footballer); Dave Mahedy (UL Director of Sport); Colm Kinsella (Rugby Correspondent, Limerick Leader); Jerome O’Connell (GAA Correspondent, Limerick Leader).
The winners so far this year are:
SENIOR LIMERICK SPORTS STAR
January – David O’Donovan (Shannon RFC)
February – CJ Stander (Ireland Rugby)
March – Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh hurling)
April – John O’Flynn (Limerick FC)
May – Martin Doody (Limerick AC)
June - Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick camogie)
YOUNG SPORTS STAR
January – Jenna Bromell (Emerald AC)
February – Richie English (Mary I Fitzgibbon Cup)
March – Laura Stack (Milford Camogie)
April – Anthony Barrett (Limerick minor hurling & football and Limerick Youths Soccer)
May – John Hayes (Limerick Desmond League U-15)
June - Ben Betts (Ireland U-20 Rugby)
- For more on both winners, see this weekend’s print edition of the Limerick Leader