Sport­ing stars shin­ing bright

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

THE West­court Ho­tel hosted an­other mag­nif­i­cent night on Satur­day as the Coca- Cola/Drogheda In­de­pen­dent Sport­star of the Year Awards saw over­all glory for world athletics star Mark O’Shea

On a mem­o­rable night, rugby supremo Seamie Briscoe picked up the Hall of Fame and Duleek’s Padraic McGrog­gan was the Young Star.

The New­town Blues won the Team of the Year.

FOR nearly 30 years, the an­nual Coca- Cola/Drogheda In­de­pen­dent Sport­star of the Year awards - in as­so­ci­a­tion with the West­court Ho­tel - have pro­vided an out­let for lo­cal peo­ple to hon­our their own.

And last Satur­day, this year’s event duly obliged again with peo­ple of all ages cel­e­brated for some out­stand­ing achieve­ments.

Once again, it was the read­er­ship of the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent that de­cided our cham­pi­ons and what a list they had to choose from - lo­cal and Ir­ish stars to Euro­pean and world cham­pi­ons.

And maybe this year, more than most, those that at­tended felt truly hon­oured to be in such il­lus­tri­ous com­pany.

Dozens upon dozens of sports stars were prob­a­bly wor­thy of mak­ing it to the night, but in the end, it was just a se­lect 12.

Mark O’Shea, an out­stand­ing ath­lete, won the over­all, basketball star Padraic McGrog­gan, the young star, rugby’s Seamie Briscoe, the Hall of Fame and the team of the year, the su­per SFC king­pins, the New­town Blues.

SEE Sports sec­tion for a full run­down on the night

Sports Star of the Year award win­ner Mark O’Shea (right) with his coach Ian O’Reilly at the Co­caCola/ Drogheda In­de­pen­dent Sports Star Awards in the West­court Ho­tel.

Ro­nan Phillips, Mayor Pio Smith with Michael Lys­ter

Martin and Linda Cas­sidy, Pat and Anne Gough and Frank and Marie Flynn

Martin and Julie Carr and Pat Don­aghy

Dawn, Jade and Ea­mon Campbell

Ciara O’Reilly, Orla O’Con­nor and Blath­naid Don­nelly

Mariea Hus­ton presents the best dressed lady award to Paula McDonnell

Thomas, Joan and Paddy McCague

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