Mark English from Letterkenny, European 800 metres bronze medal winner, is the Donegal Sports Star of the Year for 2014.
The former Letterkenny AC athlete, now runnng in the colours of University College, Dublin, was named the Overall Donegal Sports Star for 2014 in front of a packed house at the annual Donegal Sports Star Awards in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday night.
Over 600 people attended with the special guest, RTE presenter Sean O’Rourke. The 21 year-old, who came within a whisker of claiming a silver medal in the 800 metres at the European Championships last August, was a popular winner.
English was also named Irish Athlete of Year for 2014 at the end of last year and is recognised as one of Ireland’s great medal hopes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
He was not present on Friday night to pick up the award as he is the USA this weekend competing in the New Balance Games in New York. His father Joe English picked up the award on Mark’s behalf.
In all there were 42 awards presented on the night with Tir Chonaill AC athlete, Neil McGee, Donegal and Gaoth Dobhair was named Gaelic Footballer of the Year; Michael Gallagher, Finn Valley ABC, picked up the Boxer of the Year Award.
Termon GAA club were one of the big winners on the night. The club’s All-Ireland Club Championship winning ladies team were named the Team of the Year and their manager, Francie Friel, was named the manager of the year.
And their ace forward Geraldine McLaughlin capped a brilliant night for the club when she was presented with the prestigious Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievment Award.
Everton and Irish International soccer star Seamus Coleman’s great exploits in 2014 were recognised when the Killybegs man was named the winner of the Professional Sport Achievment award.
There was no great surprise that Declan and Brian Boyle, winners of the Donegal International Rally and the National Rally Tarmac Champions, picked up the Motor Sport Award.
Karl Griffin formely of Tir Chonaill AC and now of UCD AC was named the Junior Athlete of the Year and former Burt, Donegal and Ulster hurler James McLaughlin was inducted in the Donegal Sports Stars Hall of Fame.
Nora Stapleton, rugby, Cian Hickey, basketball, Ciara Doogan, cycling Lisa Moore, equestrian, James Corry, hockey were other popular winners.
2014 DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS WINNERS
Mark English, UCD A.C.
Cian Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze
Michael Gallagher, Finn Valley A.B.C.
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING
Gearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun Club
Ciara Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club
Meg Carr, Letterkenny
Patrick Quinlivan, Letterkenny
Lisa Moore, Glenleary, Ramelton
Neil McGee, Gaoth Dobhair
Kyle McCarron, North West Golf Club, Lisfannon
Eilíse McLaughlin, Letterkenny
James Corry, Instonians Hockey Club, Belfast
Paul Sheridan, Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon
Samantha Weir, Samurai Uladh Club
John Joe McGee, Buncrana (Draughts)
Richard Kerr, Kilmacrennan
Declan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward,
Noel O’Donnell, Bonagee United
Mick Coleman, Stranorlar
PROFESSIONAL SPORT ACHIEVEMENT
Seamus Coleman, Everton F.C.
Conor Maquet, Loughros Point Rowing Club
Nora Stapleton, Fahan
Sean McCarter, Buncrana
Anthony Bonner, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny
Ciara Grant, UCD Waves
Sarah Meehan, Ballyshannon
Matthew McGarrigle, Ballyshannon
Kieran Murray, Ramelton
Christine Russell, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOY
Shane O’Donnell, Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRL
Saoirse Bonner, Keadue N.S, Keadue, Burtonport
SECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS BOY
Brendan O’Donnell St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny
SECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS GIRL
Karen Ward, St. Columbas College, Stranorlar
Francie Friel, Termon Senior Ladies GAA Team
Brid McGinty, Lagan Harps
Termon Senior Ladies GAA Team
Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHER
Máire McCole Keadue N.S., Keadue, Burtonport
Mulroy College, Milford
SECONDARY SCHOOL SPORTS TEACHER
Stephen Doohan, PCC Falcarragh
Finesse Gymnastics Display Team
BRENDAN MCDAID MEMORIAL SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
Geraldine McLaughlin, Termon
Donegal Men County Darts Team
Malachy McDermott, Cockhill Celtic
YOUNG SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Karl Griffin, UCD A.C.
HALL OF FAME
James McLaughlin, Burt GAA Club
OVERALL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR 2014
Mark English, UCD A.C.