In another year of Cork superiority in camogie and women’s Gaelic football, Briege Corkery was the link between both sides. Still only 21, Corkery picked up her third All-Ireland camogie winner’s medal when she gave a brilliant display in her county’s 2-10 to 1-08 win over Galway in the final. The defender was singled out by manager Denise Cronin for her contribution, saying “”she got to know every blade of grass by name””.
Two weeks later, Corkery returned to Croke Park as a key member of the Cork women’s football team as they attempted to complete the double.
Again, she made a huge contribution in Cork’s 4-13 to 0-11 win over Monaghan. The two-week break for Corkery between the two finals was something a luxury for the 2005 Sportswoman of the Year. She played in the All-Ireland semi-finals in both codes over 24 hours.
Other winners include:
GOLF – Pßdraig Harrington
GAELIC FOOTBALL – Seßn Cavanagh
HORSE RACING – Aidan O’Brien
BOXING – Kenny Egan
HURLING – Eoin Larkin
RUGBY – Ronan O’Gara
ATHLETICS – Jason Smyth