Some of Cork’s finest athletes are in the running for RTÉ Sport awards

Some of Cork’s finest athletes are in the running for RTÉ Sport awards
Sean McCarthy-Crean in action against Keisei Sakayami of Japan. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

SEVERAL Cork teams and individuals are named as nominees for the RTÉ Sport Awards 2018 Team of the Year and Young Sportsperson of the Year awards which take place on Saturday night.

The Cork camogie team who made it two-in-a-row with an injury-time winner against Kilkenny, winning their fourth O’Duffy Cup in five years are shortlisted.

West Cork's Gary and Paul O'Donovan who took the gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in the men's lightweight double sculls, having secured a silver medal at the European Championships a month earlier are in the list as are the Dundalk soccer team, the Ireland Eventing team, the Dublin footballers, Limerick hurlers, the Dublin ladies football team and the Irish Paralympic Athletics team.

The Irish rugby team are also shortlisted as are the Leinster rugby team and the Ireland women's hockey team with one of this trio expected to win the team of the year award.

The RTÉ Sport Team of the Year will be voted for by a public vote, full details will be made available during the awards show on RTÉ One this Saturday night at 9.20pm.

Karate kid Sean McCarthy-Crean is the only Cork youngster named on the shortlist of nominees for the RTÉ Sport 2018 Young Sportsperson of the Year award.

McCarthy-Crean followed up his European Karate silver medal in February with a bronze at the Youth Olympic Games.

He is up against sportmen and women such as athlete Rhasidat Adeleke, Kerry footballer David Clifford, cyclist Lara Gillespie, swimmer Niamh Coyne, hurler Kyle Hayes, athlete Sarah Healy, boxer Dearbhla Rooney and jockey Donnacha O'Brien.

To win this award you must be under the age of 20 before January 1st 2018. 

It will be voted for by senior staff of RTÉ Sport and the winner will be announced also on Saturday night.

The RTÉ Sport Awards 2018 airs this Saturday 15 December at 9.20pm on RTÉ One

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