Corkery nominated for sportswoman award

Cork dual star Briege Corkery is amongst the nominees for the Irish Times/Vhi Healthcare Sportswoman of the Year award for 2006.

Cork dual star Briege Corkery is amongst the nominees for the Irish Times/Vhi Healthcare Sportswoman of the Year award for 2006.

Corkery, the overall winner for 2005, received the monthly gong for September of this year after she starred for Cork's senior camogie and Ladies football teams as they secured the county's second successive All-Ireland senior double.

Still only 20 years old, Corkery was one of four Cork players - Rena Buckley, Angela Walsh and Mary O'Connor being the others - to secure a unique 'double double' last year as they claimed All-Ireland winners' medals in both camogie and Ladies football for the second year in a row.

Corkery, who also plays soccer for Lakewood, is one of the 13 nominees who will attend Friday week's Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony in Dublin's Westin Hotel.

RTÉ's Des Cahill will host the event with the Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin set to announce the winner.

Corkery is a member of the Cloughduv club and played in midfield in Cork's camogie final triumph in September, whilst she lined out for the Rebelettes at right corner back in October's football decider.

She won a camogie All-Star award last year.

Also in the running for the 2006 award are Cork hurdler Derval O'Rourke, who won a World Indoor gold medal and a European silver medal last year, and Bray-based boxer Katie Taylor, who walked away with gold medals from the European and World Amateur Championships in September and November.

2006 IRISH TIMES/Vhi HEALTHCARE SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:

January - Jessica Kürten (Equestrian)

February - Derval O’Rourke (Athletics)

March - Madeline Perry (Squash)

April - Nina Carberry (Horse Racing)

May - Fiona Connery (Hockey)

June - Sinéad Jennings and Niamh Ní Cheilleachair (Rowing)

July - Joanne Cuddihy (Athletics)

August - Kelly Liggan (Tennis)

September - Briege Corkery (Camogie/Ladies Football)

October - Katie Taylor (Boxing)

November - Claire Coughlan (Golf)

December - winner to be announced

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