Sporting stars shining bright
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