with the release of the nominations for the Donegal Sports Star awards this weekend, the spotlight will fall on who will be the Donegal Sports Star of the year for 2012.
The obvious contenders are likely to be one of Donegal’s All-Ireland winning Gaelic footballers or Jason Quigley, who just prior to Christmas was crowned European U-23 boxing champion.
The three Donegal All-Ireland winners nominated are the three players who were in the running for the GPA GAA Player of the Year award - Karl Lacey (Four Masters), Colm McFadden (St. Michael’s) and Frank McGlynn (Glenfin). Lacey was the winner of the national award and it will be interesting to see if the Donegal judging panel concur with that, or will Quigley come into the reckoning. Olympians Brendan Boyce and Chloe Magee are also nominated in their respective sports
The release of the full list of nominees for the 2012 Donegal Sports Star Awards will create plenty of talking points. The event will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 25th.
There will be 27 adult category winners who will step forward to receive their presentations on the night from special guest Billy Walsh, the Irish Olympic Boxing Coach.
In addition there will be eight primary and secondary schools awards which will be presented by the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank McBrearty on behalf of the County Council who are the overall sponsors of the sports function which is being staged for a remarkable 37th successive year. Tickets details for the Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, January 25th can be booked by contacting the Mount Errigal Hotel on 9122700.
Just three nominees know ahead of the event that they are winners including Special Athlete, Daniel McBrearty, Atlantic Special Olympic Club, Killybegs; Para-Athlete, James Boyle, Dungloe (Irish Amputee Soccer Team) and the Hall of Fame, Eamonn Coyle, Letterkenny A.B.C.
The judging panel will sit down to decide on the winners in the other categories in the next fortnight.
Full list of nominees.
This is the amended nominations list. Also in the intro sent yesterday Eamonn Coyle the Hall of Fame winner should be Letterkenny ABC not Raphoe ABC
Daniel McBrearty, Atlantic Special Olympic Club, Killybegs
Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.
Maria Mc Cambridge, Letterkenny A.C.
Mark English, Letterkenny A.C.
Chloe Magee, Raphoe
Joshua Magee, Raphoe
Rachael Darragh, Raphoe
Sam Magee, Raphoe
Cian Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze
Clodagh Brennan, Letterkenny Blaze
Julianne Murphy, Donegal Town Basketball Club
Kate Keaney, Donegal Town Basketball Club
Noel Kennedy, Kilcar Basketball Club
Tadhg Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze
Brett McGinty, St. Johnston
Denis O’Donnell, Dungloe A.B.C.
Jason Quigley, Finn Valley A.B.C.
William McLaughlin, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.
Clay Pigeon Shoot
Gordon Roulston, Kilmacrennan
Martin Crossan, Kilmacrennan
Martin McGeehan, Kilmacrennan
Peter Monaghan, Buncrana
Alan McBeth, St. Johnston Cricket Club
P.J. Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club
Ronan McLaughlin, An Post Sean Kelly Team
Sean McFadden, Errigal Cycling Club
Mark Harley, Trentagh
Kelda Morgan, Altraskin Stables, St Johnston
Kenneth Graham, Muff Sharon Callaghan, Fanad
Colm McFadden, St. Michaels GAA Club
Frank McGlynn, Glenfinn GAA Club
Karl Lacey, Four Masters GAA Club
Nicole McLaughlin, Termon GAA Club
Con Boyce, Rosapenna Golf Club
Sean O’Doherty, North West Golf Club
Alannah Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club Cara Nulty, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Conor Donnelly, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Maria Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Molly Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Orla Lonergan, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club
Ardal McDermott, Burt Hurling Club
Joe Boyle, Burt Hurling Club
Justin Mc Gee, Sean MacCumhaills
Lee Henderson, Sean MacCumhaills
Sean Mc Veigh, St Eunans
Daryl Orr, Donegal Black Dragon Kickboxing Club, Ramelton
Denise Donaghey, Aileach Karate Club
Natalie McCarron, PT’s Kickboxing Gym, Carrigans
Óisin Mac Lochlainn, Samurai Uladh Judo Club
Damien McCauley, Letterkenny
Daniel Conaghan, Milford
Declan Boyle, Lettermacaward
Declan Gallagher, Ardara
Neil Doherty, Carrigart
James Boyle, Dungloe (Irish Amputee Soccer Team)
Brian McGinley, Letterkenny R.F.C.
Christain Carrol, Donegal Town R.F.C.
Craig Trimble, Donegal Town R.F.C.
Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, Ballybofey
Liam McGlynn, Letterkenny R.F.C.
Pete-so Cannon, Donegal Town R.F.C.
Barry McNamee, Derry City
Ciara Grant, Raheny F.C.
Kevin McHugh, Finn Harps F.C.
Ryan Rainey, Bonagee United
Emma Vaughan - Swilly Seals
Evlin Murray, Bundoran
Kevin Murray, Bundoran
Leon Vaughan - Swilly Seals
Matthew Curran - Swilly Seals
Aidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Gavin Crawford, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
Margaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon
Ann Marie McDaid, Ramelton
Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.
Catriona Jennings, Rathfarnham A.C.
Chloe Magee, Raphoe
Patsy McGonagle, Finn Valley A.C.
Rena McCarron-Rooney, Buncrana
Tori Pena, Finn Valley A.C.
Conor Quigley, European Under 23 Boxing Championship Coach
Jim McGuinness, Donegal GAA Senior Football Manager
John Kennedy, Donegal Town Under 16 All Ireland Basketball Manager
Neil Martin, Irish Junior Athletics Manager
Patsy McGonagle, Irish Olympic Athletics Manager
Teresa McDaid, Irish Cross Country Manager
Daniel Magee, Raphoe, Olympic Badminton
Buncrana GAA Hurling Club
Donegal GAA Senior Football Team
Donegal Womens Surf Lifesaving Team
Finesse Gymnastics Display Team
Letterkenny Golf Club Ulster Cup Team
Rosapenna Golf Club Mixed Foursomes
Bernie Alcorn, Finn Valley A.C.
John Merritt, Inishowen Rugby Club
Manus O’Donnell, Saint Mura’s National School, Tooban, Burnfoot
Peter O’Donnell, Raphoe A.B.C.
Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement
Connell, Donal & Jimmy Ward, Glen of Glenties (Tug of War)
Patrick Bond, Letterkenny (Endurance Swimming)
Hall of Fame
Eamonn Coyle, Letterkenny A.B.C.
Annagry Primary School
Scoil an Choimín, An Clochán
Fintra National School
Scoil an tSratha Mhóir, Gleann Domhain
Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny
Scoil Mhuire, Glenties
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Letterkenny
St. Eunan’s N.S., Raphoe
St. Mura’s National School, Tooban, Burnfoot
Primary School Sports Boy
Conor Black, Kilmacrennan N.S.
Denver Kelly, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, Burnfoot
James Donaghey, St. Aengus N.S. Bridgend
Kyle Mac an Ultaigh, Gaelscoil Éirne, Fearann an Bhaile, Béal átha Seanaidh
Stephen Black, Kilmacrennan N.S.
Primary School Sports Girl
Amy Boyle Carr, Scoil Mhuire, Glenties
Amy Hanna, Annagry N.S.
Ciara Bonner, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Letterkenny
Clíodhna Harvey, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Letterkenny
Ellen Russell, Ballyraine N.S., Letterkenny
Sarah Jane Porter, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, Burnfoot
Tyler Toland, St. Baithin’s N.S., St. Johnston
Primary School Sports Teacher
Anita Mc Monagle, St. Eunan’s N.S., Raphoe
Ann Marie Meehan, St. Baithin’s N.S., St. Johnston
Anne Nicholls, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál
John McCann, Scoil Mhuire, Glenties
Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana
St. Columbas College, Stranorlar
Secondary School Sports Boy
Cathal McGettigan, Loreto Community School, Milford
John Kelly, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe
Karl Griffin, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Mark Mulrine, St. Columbs College, Stranorlar
Óisin Mac Lochlainn, Carndonagh Community School
Secondary School Sports Girl
Amber Barrett, Loreto Community School, Milford
Danielle Preston, St. Columbas College, Stranorlar
Kate McGowan, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Kelly Mc Grory, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Rachael Darragh, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe
Secondary School Sports Teacher
Aiden McAleer, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana
Adrian Doherty, Loreto Community School, Milford
Aisling Mc Ateer, Mulroy College, Milford
Gavin Ward, Rosses Community School
Keith Ó Comhain, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn
Nicola Ryan, St. Columbas College, Stranorlar