Athletic Person Of The Year 2018

Published On: 11 Mar 2019

The athletes community in Cork gathered at the River Lee Hotel today for the annual Cork City Sports Athletics Person Of The Year Award for 2018. Each month the Cork City Sports Commitee acknowledges an athletics performance of distinction  with an award. The Cork City Sports award is now in it 10th consecutive year and is sponsored by The River Lee, The Echo, Cork’s 96FM & C103FM. 

The 2018 Athlete Of The Year went to Phil Healy of Bandon AC. Phil was the January Award winner as she had produced outstanding indoor performances during the month culminating in a world class 400m performance in Vienna. Her time for that race was 52.08 smashing her previous best of 53.15.

In June Phil successfully broke the Irish 100m record with a time of 11.28 seconds in Santry. She would go on to lower her personal best time for the 400m in Geneva, before breaking the 23-second barrier to set a new national record in the 200m just a month later in front of her home crowd at Cork City Sports.

Phil is the first athlete in 40 years to hold both the 100m and 200m records in Ireland at the same time. She would also go on to represent Ireland at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin back in August.

The award was presented to Phil by Tony O’Connell, Chairman Of Cork City Sports and Hamish Adams CEO of Athletics Ireland. 


The nominees for the Athletics Person Of The Year Award were: 

January Phil Healy  Bandon AC
February Criara Hickey Blarney/Inniscarra AC
March  Michelle Kenny  Leevale AC
April  Conor Morey  Leevale AC
May Alannah Neff Carrigaline Community School & Leevale AC 
June  Dean Cronin  Blarney/Inniscarra AC
July Michelle Finn Leevale AC
August Brian Lynch Old Abbey AC
September Junior Men 4x100m Relay  Leevale AC
October Lizzie Lee Leevale AC
November Darragh McElhinney Bantry AC
December Novice Men Xcountry Team Togher AC



Athlete Of The Month – January

Published On: 20 Feb 2019

Alex Wright (Leevale AC) is the Cork City Sports Athlete for the month of January. Alex won two international walk titles during the month. In the middle of the month he won the Andalusia 10k walk championship and followed this up a week later with another victory in the Elan Indoor 5000m walk in Bratislava.

Subsequently Alec broke the Irish 3000m walk record at the AAI Indoor Games at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin and he won the Nation Indoor 5K indoor title last weekend.

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is sponsored by The River Lee hotel, The Evening Echo and Corks 96FM. 


Athlete Of The Month – December

Published On: 15 Jan 2019

Togher AC novice men’s cross country team are Cork City Sports Athletes of the Month for December 2018. The Togher team won a fiercely contested Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Inter-Club Title, in Navan, Co Meath, on Saturday 16th December 2018. The team members were Evan Byrne, Ruairi Casey, Gavin Sweeney, Ian Tivy and Craig Harrington. 

The award was presented to the Togher team at a function in The River Lee (sponsor). Also in attendance were Cork City Sports sponsors, The Evening Echo & Cork’s 96FM. 

The December award wraps up a great year of athletic performances by Cork Athletes, we now look forward to the Athlete Of The year award which will be held shortly. 

Seated are team members Gavin Sweeney, Ruairi Casey, Ian Tivy and Craig Harrington, L to R., (Standing)Ken Perrott, 96FM Michael O’Connell CCS, Terry O’Rourke , Secretary CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Isabel Keane, Event & promotions Cork 96FM C103, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Thomas Moloney, Claire Myler, Sales Manager, The River Lee Hotel, Deputy County Mayor Cllr Derry Canty, Frank Walley, President CCS and Liam O’Brien Technical Director CCS. Picture. M.Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – November

Published On: 15 Jan 2019

Darragh McElhinney, Bantry AC, is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month award for November 2018. On the 25th November Darragh was a comprehensive winner of the National Junior (Under 20) cross country championship held at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Darragh followed up on this run with a very creditable 16th place at the European championships in The Netherlands.

The award was presented to Darragh at a function in the River Lee Hotel, Cork, on Monday December 17th 2018

Athlete Of The Month – October

Published On: 29 Nov 2018

Leevale AC’s Lizzie Lee is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month for October. Lizzie was presented the award at the ceremony at a hosted lunch today in The River Lee. 

At the SSE Airtricity Dublin marathon Lizzie Lee mixed it with the elite internationals, finishing an outright third, her time of 2:35:03 was one of the fastest times by an Irish woman on Irish soil, this also won her first Irish national title.

Lizzie also led Leevale women to the team title in a new Irish record of 8:25 for the national marathon, beating the previous record by two minutes.’

The is 4th time Lizzie has received an Athlete Of The Month award from Cork City Sports. 

The award is co-sponsored by The Evening Echo, The River Lee, Cork’s 96FM & LeisureWorld. 

L to R., Joe Hartmett, Meeting Director CCS, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Donie Walsh, Coach, Leevale A.C. Back Row L to R., Donal Murnane, Chairman Leevale AC and PRO, CCS, Frank Walley, President CCS, Kieran McGeary CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Ruairi O’Connor GM, The River Lee Hotel, Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Liam O’Brien, Technical Director CCS and John Callanan, Vice President Leevale A.C.. Picture, M. Collins.



Athlete Of The Month – September

Published On: 11 Nov 2018

The recipients of the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award for September are Leevale AC’s junior men’s 4x100m relay team.  For the 3rd year in succession, Leevale junior men travelled to Portugal to compete at the European Junior Clubs Cup. In the 4x100m relay the team of  Ryan O’Leary,  Wymin Sivakumar, Colin Doyle and Conor Morey, put in an exceptional performance to win the race  in a time of 42.31, setting a new national U18 4x100m record in the process. Earlier in the day Colin Doyle finished 2nd in the 200m, while Conor Morey finished 2nd in the 100m. The relay team is part of the Leevale sprint group, coached by Derek Coffee. 

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

L to R front, Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor, Evening Echo, Mary O’Brien, Sales Manager The River Lee, Leevale Team Ryan O Leary, Colin Doyle, Derek Coffee (coach), Wymin Sivakumar, Conor Morey and Isobel Keane, Head of Sponsorship Promotions and Events, Cork 96FM c103, L to R Standing, Ken Perrott 96FM Shay Curtin CCS, Joe Hartnett CCS,Liam O’Brien CCS, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Stephen Cunningham, frank Walley President CCS, Terry O’Rourke Secretary CCS, Finbarr O’Brien President, Leevale AC and John Calanan, Vice President Leevale AC and Eva Morris, C103. Picture, Martin Collins.

LeisureWorld Bishopstown Renew CCS Sponsorship

Published On: 31 Oct 2018

LeisureWorld Bishopstown renew their sponsorship for the 68th Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet. In 2019 the meet will be on WEDNESDAY the 14th AUGUST 2019 at 5.30pm.  Leisureworld will once again sponsor the very popular open mens 3000m  race and the always competitive 800m T54Wheelchair Men. 

LeisureWorld Bishopstown is situated right beside Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Bishopstown, Cork and is Cork’s largest health, fitness and leisure facilities. At LeisureWorld Bishopstown,  cater for people of all ages and from all walks of life

LeisureWorld Bishopstown  boasts 3 swimming pools (25m, 18m and toddler pool), 2 gyms, a main fully equipped gym & a speciality gym, class studios, outdoor astro turf pitches as well as a busy on site café, all located in Bishopstown, Cork.


L to R., Front; Mark McManus, Business Development Manager, Aoife Twohig Health and Fitness Instructor, Ian O’Leary, Marketing Manager, L to R., Rear, Claire Murphy, HR Manager, Terry O’Rourke, Secretary Cork City Sports International Athletics Committee, Christine Moloney CEO Leisureworld Bishopstown / LW Management, Tony O’Connell Chairman Cork City Sports International Athletics Committee and Joanna Pas, Health and Fitness Instructor. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – August

Published On: 2 Oct 2018

Brian Lynch, Old Abbey AC,  is the winner of the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for August. Brian won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the Celtic Games International competition held in Grangemouth Stadium Scotland on the 4th August. This was the culmination of a great season for Brian who excelled in decathlon competitions throughout the summer months.  He represented Ireland with distinction in this event at the European Under 18 Championship held in Hungary earlier in July.

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



L to R., Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Eoghan Dinan, Evening Echo, Claire Myler, Sales Manager,The River Lee Kieran McGaery CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Isobel Keane, Events and Marketing Promotions Cork 96FM C103, Brian Lynch (Old Abbey AC) Award Winner, Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening ECho and Frank Walley president CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month- July

Published On: 21 Aug 2018

Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) is the Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of July. At the national senior track and field championships in Santry Michelle won the 3000m steeplechase in a championship best time of 9:46.19. This time also secured Michelles’s place on the Irish team for the European championships in Berlin.

The ceremony was held at the newly refurbished facilities The River Lee Hotel.  The Award is jointly sponsored by The Evening Echo, Cork’s 96FM & C103 and The River Lee

L to R., Michael O’Connell CCS,Terry O’Rourke CCS, Kieran McGeary CEO Cork 96FM C103, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Michelle Finn, Leevale A.C. Athlete of the Month for July, Janice Casey, Events Manager, The River Lee ,John Calanan, Vice President Leevale AC, Frank Walley, President CCS and Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS. Shay Curtin CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – June

Published On: 30 Jul 2018

The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of June goes to Dean Cronin (Blarney/Inniscarra AC). On the 2nd of June in Nashville Dean ran 1:46.67 in the 800m setting a personal best and also securing a European Championship A qualifying standard for that event. This time also puts him 11th on the Irish All-Time list and he heads the Irish 800m rankings this year. Dean had a stellar breakthrough season this year winning the silver medal in the 800m at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division 2 American championships.

The Cork City Sorts Athlete Of The Month  award is sponsored by River Hotel, Cork’s 96FM & C103FM and The Evening Echo. 


L to R., Liam O’Brien CCS, Shay Curtin CCS, Tony O’Connell CCS, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee Hotel, Elaine Fitzgerald, Cork 96FM, Joe Hartnett CCS and Terry O’Rourke CCS. Picture. M.Collins.

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