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Phil Healy Voted European Athletics Athlete Of The Month

Published On: 6 Feb 2018

Phil Healy dominated the voting to become the European Athlete of the Month for January, 2018.
 
Phil is only the second Irish female athlete to be the recipient of such a coveted award. The other Irish athlete being Fionnuala Britton-McCormack for her cross-country achievements.
 
Phil now joins such other elite athletes as Jessica Ennis-Hill (Olympic & World Champion in Heptathlon), Blanka Vlasic (World Champion in High Jump), Dafne Schippers (World Champion in 200 meters) and Yelena Isinbayeva (Olympic & World Champion in the Pole Vault).
 
A week after winning the Indoor 400 meters in Vienna with a life time best of 52.08 seconds, Phil beat Natasha Hastings, a double Olympic Gold Medallist,  in Karlsruhe.
 

Athlete Of The Month – December

Published On: 21 Jan 2018

Fearghal Curtin of Youghal AC is the Cork City Sports Cork Athlete
for the Month of December. Fearghal was selected as a result of his outstanding performance at the European Junior Cross Country Championships in Slovakia, where he led the Irish junior men’s team home finishing in a creditable 22nd position.

The award was accepted on Fearghal’s behalf by his father Noel as he is currently attending Charleston Southern University in the US on an athletics scholarship. 

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of the Month Award is sponsored by the Evening Echo, Cork’s 96FM & C103 and River Lee Hotel. 

Noel Curtin accepting the Cork City Sports Award on behalf of Fearghal Curtin, from Donal Murnane PRO CCCS.

Athlete Of The Month – November

Published On: 11 Jan 2018

The Leevale women’s team of Michelle Finn, Lizzie Lee, Claire Gibbons McCarthy, Sinead O’Connor and Carol Finn are Cork City Sports Athletes Of The Month for November. They received the award for their outstanding performance in winning the national senior cross country title for the second time in the history of the club. 

The team have now qualified to compete at the European Club’s Cross Country Championships which will be held in Mira, Portugal on February 4th. 

The award was presented at a ceremony in the River Lee Hotel. Also in attendance were the Lord Mayor for Cork City, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald and sponsors Cork’s 96FM/C103 and the Evening Echo. 

 

(back row) Tony O’Connell, Terry O’Rourke, both Cork City Sports, Finbar O’Brien, President Lee Vale AC, Frank Walley, Cork City Sports, Elaine Fitzgerald, 96FM, Nicola Cullinane, Irish Examiner and Evening Echo Marketing, Mary O’Brien, River Lee Hotel, Donal Murnane, Cork City Sports, John Calnan, Lee Vale AC, Donie Walsh, Lee Vale AC, (front row) Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee, Women’s National Cross Country squad, Cllr Ian Doyle, Deputy Mayor of County Cork, Lady Mayoress Georgina Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Sinead O’Connor , Claire Goibbons McCarthy, both Women’s National Cross Country squad, at the River Lee Hotel, Cork.
Picture: Jim Coughlan

 

L-R; Donie Walsh (Coach), Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee, Sinead O’Connor, Claire McCarthy Gibbons & Cork City Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald.

Athlete Of The Month – October

Published On: 22 Nov 2017

Laura Nicholson of Bandon A.C. is the Cork City Sports Athlete for the month of October. After a stellar breakthrough season on the track, particularly in the steeplechase event, Laura was a comprehensive winner  of the 6000m Junior Women’s race at the prestigious  Autumn Open Cross-Country Festival held at the National Sports Campus Abbotstown Dublin on October 22nd.

The Cork City Sports Athlete of the month award is sponsored by The Evening Echo, The River Lee, Cork’s 96FM & C103

Seated L to R., Kieran McGeary CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Ruairi O’Connor, General Manager, The River Lee, Deputy County Mayor Cllr. Rachel McCarthy, Laura Nicholson, ( Bandon A.C.) Award Winner, Frank Walley President Cork City Sports, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo. ( Standing ) l to R., Shay Curtin CCS, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Michael O’Connell, CCS, Terry O’Rourke Secretary CCS and liam O’Brien, Technical Director CCS. Picture, Martin Collons.

Athlete Of The Month – September

Published On: 4 Nov 2017

Charlie O’Donovan of Leevale AC is the Cork City Sports Athlete for the month of September 2017.

On the 16th of September at the European Champion Junior Clubs Cup in Leiria Portugal  Charlie was an impressive winner of the 3000m race in a time of 8:56.41.

The award was presented to Charlie at a ceremony at The River Lee by Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald and Cork City Sports President, Frank Walley.  

The Cork City Sports athlete of the month award is co-sponsored by Cork’s 96fm & 103FM, The Evening Echo and The River Lee. 

( Seated ) L to R., Tualla Lucey C103, Frank Walley, President CCS, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Charlie O’Donovan, Leevale AC, Award Winner, Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Helena Haliniak, Business Excellence Manager, The River Lee. ( Standing ) L to R., Michael O’Connell CCS, shay Curtin CCS, Donal Murnane, Chairman Leevale AC & PRO CCS, Kieran McGeary CE, Cork 96FM C103, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Liam O’Brien, Technical Director CCS, Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS and Ken Perrott 96FM. Picture, Martin Collins.

 

Athlete Of the Month – August

Published On: 25 Sep 2017

Rob Heffernan is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month for August 2017. Robert receives the award after displaying his consistency at the pinnacle of race walking over a long and distinguished career, by again matching strides with the worlds elite when he placed 8th in the 50km walk at the IAAF World Championships in London.

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is sponsored by Cork’s 96FM & C103, The Evening Echo, The River Lee & Leisureworld. 

 

L to R., Darren Johnston, Deputy County Mayor Cllr. Marcia Dalton, Frank Walley, President CCS, Helena Haliniak, Business Manager, The River Lee, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Robert Heffernan, Eoghan Dinan, Evening Echo/Irish Examiner, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Terry Shannon, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Liam O’Reilly Coach and Bill Allen, Chairman Cork County Board, Athletics Ireland. Picture, Martin Collins.

 

 

 

Athlete Of The Month Award – July

Published On: 22 Sep 2017

Claire McCarthy (Leevale AC) receives the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award for her outstanding performance in winning the Swansea Half Marathon in a personal best time of 1hr 14mins 35secs. Claire subsequently competed with distinction at the World Marathon championship in London finishing in 33rd position.

 

Athlete Of The Month – June

Published On: 22 Sep 2017

The Cork City Sports athlete of the month award went to Jill Hodgins.  On the 4th of June Jill was a popular and clear winner of the women’s section of the  Cork City Marathon in a time of 2hrs 48mins 17secs.

 

Chairman of Cork City Sports Honoured With Person of the Month Award

Published On: 27 Jul 2017

Chairman of the Cork City Sports International Athletics Committee, Tony O’Connell, has been named the July ‘Cork Person of the Month’ for his work with Cork City Sports (CCS) over the decades.

Tony O’Connell receiving his Cork Person of the Month Award. Picture: Martin Collins.

Mr O’Connell, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, has attended every Cork City Sports event for the past 65 years.

He was Chairman of the 66th year of the successful Cork City Sports international event which was held at Cork Institute of Technology on July 18.

For the past eight years, Mr O’Connell’s role as Chairman of Cork City Sports and Chairman of the Finance Committee, has seen the event go from strength to strength with the dedication of his team of 20 committee members and 150 volunteers.

 
He previously served as PRO and Vice-Chairman of the event under the leadership of the late Dick Hodgins, from whom he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Olympic Race Walker, Rob Heffernan said, “I would like to congratulate Tony O’Connell for his expertise and hard work over so many decades.”

“The fact that so many elite athletes from around the world continue to support this event in Cork year after year, is testament to Tony’s leadership,” he said.

Cork athletes, Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke both praised Mr O’Connell for his contribution to athletics and field sports and congratulated him on his ‘Cork Person of the Month’ award.

As winner of the July monthly award, Tony O’Connell’s name will go forward, with the other monthly winners, for possible selection as ‘Cork Person of the Year 2017’.

The overall winner will be unveiled at a Gala Awards Lunch in mid-January 2018.

66th Cork City Sports In Photos

Published On: 25 Jul 2017

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