January 2020 Nominations

The nominations have closed for the January 2020 Sportsperson of the Month Award with 25 nominations from 17 teams, clubs and schools across 10 different sports and with athletes covering all regions of the county from Kinlough to Carrick on Shannon, Dromahair to Aughawillan and everywhere in between all represented in our list across the three categories.

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International Category

Sean McDermott’s Boxing Club’s, Dean Clancy, made his senior international debut at the Strandja International Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria losing to the eventual champion in their last 16 featherweight bout.

After their National Schools title earlier in the month, Drumshanbo VS Cadet Boy’s Volleyball side represented Ireland against the Northern Ireland champions and their victory put them to the joint top of the honour roll with 4 victories.

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National Category

Lethal marksman Keith Beirne gets a nomination after his flawless 9 point performance in Leitrim’s Allianz National League opener away to Derry in Celtic Park where Leitrim recorded an impressive draw on their return to Division 4.

2016 Olympian Breege Connolly from Kinlough won the prestigious Fields of Athenry 10km road race smashing the course record with a fantastic time of 34.41.

Double jobbing as the manager of the Leitrim Pool team at the Northern Ireland 7 Man Team Championships, Carrick on Shannon’s Colin Crossan was also one of the top performers for the team as Leitrim’s side eventually lost 11-4 to 3 time All Ireland champions Antrim in the final.

There was celebrating in Drumshanbo as Drumshanbo Vocational School secured the All Ireland ‘A’ Cadette (U16) Volleyball title against Roscommon opponents Elphin in NUI Galway.

Leitrim Village’s Matthew Earley was part of the Sligo Rugby Club side who secured the Connacht Senior Cup with a 19-12 victory over Corinthians of Galway in the Sportsgrounds. They added the Connacht Senior Cup title to their league victory to win their first ever double for the club.

Despite the defeat against Fermanagh, Martin Feeney, starred for the Leitrim Hurlers in a solid second half performance as Leitrim chased a half time deficit in their Allianz Hurling League opener.

Leitrim U20’s last line of defence Killian Gaffey from Carrick on Shannon was inspired made his U20 and Senior Intercounty debut this month. The Carrick on Shannon shotstopper has also been targetted by Sligo Rovers U19’s this season.

Manor Rangers Jack Kelly was the captain as Sligo / Leitrim U13’s secured the Subway Inter-League Ulster Final and advance to the All Ireland semi finals. Jack was recently announced as a member of the Sligo Rovers U13 squad for 2020.

Trident Swim Club had a fantastic month with seven swimmers qualifying for the National Division 2 Champions but Conor Lanigan gets the nomination for his qualifying time for the Irish Summer National Championships in the 100m Butterfly.

A new look Leitrim Ladies started their Division 4 campaign with a straight forward victory over Derry and Carla LeGuen‘s work rate and intensity stood out from a number of excellent performances from the 25 players who featured for Leitrim.

Alannah McGuinness, of Carrick AC, continued her development as a top class athlete with a number of fantastic Women’s 60m performances in the AAI National Indoor League this month including a bronze medal in the National Junior Indoor Championships.

North Leitrim’s AC’s Darragh Mitchell took home a silver medal in the 3k Walk at the National Junior Indoor Championships to add to his ever growing collection of walk medals, after moving up from U18 last year.

The other Leitrim representative in that victorious Sligo / Leitrim U13 squad, Peter Moran was amongst the goals in the 3-2 Ulster final victory over Cavan / Monaghan.

We genuinely could have picked any of the teams from the footballer’s impressive draw with Derry for this category but Shane Quinn gets the nod for his end-to-end energy and massive contribution with a late block to deny a Derry winner puts his name on the list.

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Local Category

Carrick Town’s Shane Beirne helped Carrick Town return to winning ways with a 4-3 away victory over Coolaney United in the Sligo / Leitrim Premier League.

Carrick on Shannon Rugby Club completed a late comeback to share the spoils 20-20 with Corinthians in Connacht Junior 1C at the start of the month. A late try from their captain Keith Crossan to level the game sees him take the nomination.

Top scorer for Manorhamilton Rangers’ in what was a fantastic month for the Sligo / Leitrim Superleague side, striker Robbie Cunningham added to his growing reputation by playing a key role in a great 2-0 away victory over Carbury in the Sligo / Leitrim Superleague, a penalty kick progression over Galway side Renmore and a continued Superleague title challenge.

Drumshanbo youngster Conor Flood has had a busy month nominated in this category for his excellent performances with Carrick on Shannon Rugby Club U17’s in their run to the League Semi Final he was also a key member of Drumshanbo VS’s All Ireland winning volleyball side and is also involved with Leitrim GAA’s U17 squad for the second year.

One of the elder statesmen of new look Carrick Town FC senior side Sean Hayden impressed once again this month with some solid performances at the heart of the Sligo / Leitrim League’s new boy’s side.

Another Manor Rangers player Brian McDonald also gets a nod after his recent performances with the North Leitrim side this month. The midfielder is pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch for Manor.

North Leitrim AC’s current Connacht U11 Cross Country silver medalist, Sarah Mulvaney-Kelly, won the Under 14 event at the recent Streets of Ballyshannon 5k in a time of 20:51, very impressive for an athlete who is only 10 years of age.

The Junior Boy’s Soccer team in St. Clare’s Comprehensive were celebrating when they brought home the Connacht ‘B’ Junior (U17) Cup to Manorhamilton.

Another promising youngster in North Leitrim AC, Scott Williams, ran a time of 19.51 in the Streets of Ballyshannon 5k event, not a bad day’s work for the current Connacht U11 Cross Country champion.

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