Thursday, January 26, 2017

THE final Co Carlow Sports Stars quarterly awards ceremony for achievements in 2016 took place at the Seven Oaks Hotel on Friday night with nine fantastic sporting achievements during the months of October, November and December honoured.

Yvonne Walshe (Fine Framers) presents the squash award to Marie Olwill accepting on behalf of her brother, Willie Hosey

Squash was to the fore with awards going to Munster champion Ciara Moloney from Carlow town and Willie Hosey who won yet another world masters title in South Africa in October.

Josephine Mullally (AIB) presents the Gaelic football award to Conor Lawlor of Palatine

Gaelic games was well represented on the night with Palatine clubman Conor Lawlor taking home the football award after an excellent spell of form for his club, while St Mullins star James Doyle came out on top in the hurling category.

Josephine Mullally (AIB) presents the camogie award to Michelle Nolan and Kate Nolan who accepted on behalf of Myshall camogie team

Myshall camogie club were also honoured for sealing their very first Leinster intermediate club title in November. They were represented on the night by Kate Nolan and Michelle Nolan.

Yvonne Walshe (Fine Framers) presents the rugby award to Garrett Fitzgerald of Tullow rugby club

Tullow rugby club’s Garrett Fitzgerald picked up an award after winning his first Ireland cap when he played at scrum half for the Ireland U18 club team while the handball award went to US Open A grade silver medallist Kevin Barrett.

Derek Conry (Carlow Dry Cleaning) presents the athletics award to Padraic Spillane of St Laurence O’Toole AC

The athletics award was taken home by young Padraic Spillane who has won a host of medals at Leinster and All-Ireland level for St Laurence O’Toole AC in recent months.

Michael Walsh (Seven Oaks Hotel) presents the kickboxing award to Larry Brennan’s Kickboxing Club members who won medals at the world championships.. Pictured are Chloe Dooley, Lee Walsh, Chris Johnson, Billie Maher, Lauren and Brandon Walsh, Jack Dawson, Jamie Walker and Tony Dooley. Missing from the picture are Keith Dooley and Lorcan Thompson Photos: michaelorourkephotography.ie

The largest crowd on the night came from Larry Brennan’s kickboxing club in Carlow town after 11 members brought home medals from the world championships in Spain in October: an excellent result in an very competitive sport.

Michael Walsh (Seven Oaks Hotel) presents the hurling award to James Doyle of St Mullins

The next big night on the calendar is the overall Co Carlow Sports Stars awards which take place in the Seven Oaks on Friday, 17 February. The winners are announced on page 1 of this sports section.

Balazs Stumpf Biro (Carlow Dental Centre) presents the handball award to Annette Barrett who accepted on behalf of her son, Kevin

We will have details on how to get your hands on tickets for the biggest night in Carlow sports in the coming weeks.

Balazs Stumpf Biro (Carlow Dental Centre) presents the squash award to Munster champion Ciara Moloney

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