Picture gallery: Darragh McElhinney is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Year

Picture gallery: Darragh McElhinney is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Year
Cork City Sports president Frank Walley, presenting the Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Year award to Darragh McElhinney from Glengarriff at the River Lee Hotel, in the presence of Terry O'Rourke, CCS secretary, Tony O'Connell, CCS chairman and Hamish Adams, Athletics Ireland CEO. Picture: David Keane

The 19-year-old is considered one of the best prospects in Irish athletics and is currently studying in UCD.

Darragh McElhinney, Bantry AC is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Year for 2019. At the River Lee Hotel at the awards were seated: Frank Walley, Tony O'Connell, Hamish Adams CEO Athletics Ireland and Terry O'Rourke. Standing: George Duggan, Cork Crystal, Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor, The Echo, Cllr Ian Doyle, Cork County Mayor, Lord Mayor, Cllr John Sheehan, Ruairí O'Connor, GM The River Lee, Kieran McGeary CEO 96FM/C103, and Mark McManus, Business Development Manager Leisureworld. Picture: Martin Collins, Europhoto.
Darragh McElhinney, Bantry AC is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Year for 2019. At the River Lee Hotel at the awards were seated: Frank Walley, Tony O'Connell, Hamish Adams CEO Athletics Ireland and Terry O'Rourke. Standing: George Duggan, Cork Crystal, Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor, The Echo, Cllr Ian Doyle, Cork County Mayor, Lord Mayor, Cllr John Sheehan, Ruairí O'Connor, GM The River Lee, Kieran McGeary CEO 96FM/C103, and Mark McManus, Business Development Manager Leisureworld. Picture: Martin Collins, Europhoto.

Last year the Bantry AC member captured a bronze at the prestigious European Championships.

Darragh McElhinney with his brothers Ciaran, Eoghan and Iarla. Picture: David Keane
Darragh McElhinney with his brothers Ciaran, Eoghan and Iarla. Picture: David Keane

He became the first Irish athlete in 28 years to land a long-distance medal at the U20 European Championships and the third overall in the 5,000m.

Cork City Sports chairman Tony O'Connell, second left, in company with Eoghan Dinan, Nicola Cullinane, Rory Noonan and Anna Forde, all of The Echo. Picture: David Keane
Cork City Sports chairman Tony O'Connell, second left, in company with Eoghan Dinan, Nicola Cullinane, Rory Noonan and Anna Forde, all of The Echo. Picture: David Keane

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