The Canon Hayes Awards are recognised as being the most prestigious of their kind in the country and this year’s awards were presented by sporting icon and 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ronnie Delany.
The Local Award was won by U20 Rugby International, Tommy O’Donnell from Cahir who plays his club rugby with Clanwilliam RFC.
British Seniors Amateur Golf Champion, Arthur Pierse, from Tipperary Town took the County Award.
The Outstanding Achievement Award went to European and World Boxing Champion, Katie Taylor.
The Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award went to Offaly’s Seamus Darby in recognition of his last minute goal for Offaly in the 1982 All-Ireland Final, that shattered Kerry’s 5-in-a-row dream.
The Banquet was addressed by Mr. Ossie Kilkenny, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council and by Guest of Honour, Mr. Ronnie Delany along with Mr. Martin Quinn, Chairman of the Awards Committee and Mr. Ruaidhri Devitt, Chairman of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre Management Committee.
Also in attendance at the Banquet were Liz Howard, President of the Camogie Association, Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, John Delany, CEO of the FAI, Brian Cody.