Olympian Thomas Barr and the victorious Limerick Golf Club U-18 team are the Limerick Sports Star of the Month award winners for August.
Barr – a Waterford native but living and training in Limerick for the past number of years – has been chosen as the senior sports star after he came 4th in the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and agonizingly close to a medal.
And the young sports star are the Limerick Golf Club team that claimed the prestigious All Ireland U-18 Fred Daly Trophy – the first club from Munster to do so in the 22-year history of the tournament.
Limerick’s team was made up of Sean Enright, Ciaran Vaughan, Luke O’Brien, Morgan Hanley and Ross Fitzgerald. Their two subs for the final stages of the competition were both called Eoin O’Neill but identified among the group quite simply as ‘leftie’ and ‘rightie’.
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 August, September and October winners will be honoured in early November at a lunch in the Limerick Radisson Blu when the winners will be joined by friends and family.
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)
July – Robbie McNamara (Horse trainer)
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)
July – Ciara Neville (Athletics)