Evening Echo awards celebrate the best of women's sport on Leeside and beyond

Evening Echo awards celebrate the best of women's sport on Leeside and beyond

Award winners Saoirse McCarthy, Yvonne O’Byrne and Laura Lynch at the Evening Echo awards. Picture: Dan Linehan

SOME of Ireland’s most talented female athletes were recognised in the third quarterly Evening Echo Ladies Sports Star Awards.

After a bumper three months of sporting achievement, there were four awards given out to five recipients on this occasion and there had been a host of other contenders the judges had to select from.

Hockey duo Yvonne O’Byrne and Roisín Upton, camogie forward Saoirse McCarthy, soccer ace Laura Lynch and boxer Lauren Murphy were all honoured at the ceremony in The Ambassador Hotel.

Yvonne O’Byrne with her father Pat and boyfriend Cathal Owens. Picture: Dan Linehan
Yvonne O’Byrne with her father Pat and boyfriend Cathal Owens. Picture: Dan Linehan

Yvonne O’Byrne and Roisín Upton, who was unable to attend, played their part for the Irish side that upset the odds by reaching the World Cup final where they were beaten by Holland.

Saoirse McCarthy with Tom and Eileen McCarthy, Frances OBrien and her aunts Fiona McCarthy and Aideen Walsh. Picture: Dan Linehan
Saoirse McCarthy with Tom and Eileen McCarthy, Frances OBrien and her aunts Fiona McCarthy and Aideen Walsh. Picture: Dan Linehan

Cork won the minor, intermediate and senior camogie All-Irelands this season and Saoirse McCarthy was involved in all three, as well as picking up Player of the Match in the minor and intermediate deciders. For good measure, she won a soccer league title underage with Wilton.

Another Wilton player was present in Laura Lynch. She was the key performer when the southsiders captured the FAI Intermediate Cup.

Laura Lynch with her father Stephen and boyfriend Daniel Murphy. Picture: Dan Linehan
Laura Lynch with her father Stephen and boyfriend Daniel Murphy. Picture: Dan Linehan

On the boxing front, Lauren Murphy, Togher BC, was picked for winning two All-Ireland titles and beating England in her first international appearance in England.

Caoilfhionn Grant-Moloney who accepted the award on behalf of Leanne Murphy, with Michael O’Brien, Shane Forde and coach Áine McLoughlin. Picture: Dan Linehan
Caoilfhionn Grant-Moloney who accepted the award on behalf of Leanne Murphy, with Michael O’Brien, Shane Forde and coach Áine McLoughlin. Picture: Dan Linehan

Now in its 12th year, the Evening Echo Ladies Sports Star Awards have been at the forefront in giving coverage to female athletes across a variety of sports since their inception.

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