Last year’s young hurler of the year. Tadhg de Búrca, is one of 10 stellar talents honoured in the annual sports awards, to be presented tonight by University College, Cork.
Internationals and All-Ireland winners are liberally sprinkled throughout the list of recipients who will be feted by the college and Bank of Ireland at the River Lee Hotel in the city.
All-Ireland champions with Cork in Ladies Football and Camogie, Marie Ambrose and Pamela Mackey are honoured for their achievements, while centre-back Sean O’Mahony receives a soccer award for the second year in a row.
Kerry football stand-out, Briain Ó Beaglaoich, is selected for gaelic football. The U21 has already played National League with the Kingdom this year, and is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the game.
As is De Búrca, a third year Arts student, who won a national league title with Waterford last year.
O’Mahony isn’t the only repeat winner. Basketball star Adrian O’Sullivan is again honoured for his role in UCC Demons retaining their National Superleague success of 2015. He was also part of the Irish Premier League select outfit that re-entered european competition this year in the FIBA Europe Cup.
Triathlete Chris Mintern is also making waves, and is following up an impressive 2014-15 with another victory-laden season. The fourth year maths student will represent Ireland in the World University Games this year in Nyon, Switzerland.
Kick boxer Lily de la Cour is one of UCC’s highest achievers on the international stage. The fourth year Sports Studies and PE student was named best fighter in the 50kg category at the World Cup in Rimini. Italy last year and is already a senior national champion in the sport.
Marie Ambrose beat off stiff competition for a gaelic football award. The Cork defender (Sports Studies & PE II) had a sterling season at corner-back for club, college and county, culminating in another All-Ireland Ladies Football success for Eamon Ryan’s Cork. She received an All Star for her achievements.
Her camogie counterpart, Pamela Mackey (PhD Organic Chemistry) did likewise, claiming Munster and All-Ireland success with Cork, and named as a Camogie All Star in the wake of September’s success. The Rugby winner is another two-in-a-row recipient, Paul Kiernan (Second year Commerce), capped at U20 level recently in the win over Italy at Donnybrook. He is captain of the Munster U20’s and a consistent performer in UCC’s Ulster Bank League efforts.
Stopping goals rather than scoring them is the trade of Peter Coulter (First Year Arts) who is honoured with an award for Hockey. The outstanding shot-stopper helped the UCC senior team claim the Peard Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
UCC Sports Stars 2015-16: Adrian O’Sullivan (Basketball); Pamela Mackey (Camogie); Marie Ambrose (Ladies Football); Briain Ó Beaglaoich (Gaelic Football); Lily de la Cour (Kick-Boxing); Peter Coulter (Hockey); Tadgh de Burca (Hurling); Sean O’Mahony (Soccer); Paul Kiernan (Rugby); Chris Mintern (Triathlon)
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