Grainne O’Dwyer is Thurles Sportstar of the Year 2014

Inaugural Sports Awards, in association with the Anner Hotel, presented.

Inaugural Sports Awards, in association with the Anner Hotel, presented.

The popular lady who has represented Ireland at many levels down through the years was chosen from a shortlist of seven nominees and was overcome when the Chairman of the organising committee, Cllr Jim Ryan announced the winner.

This initiative has been taken on by the Thurles Halloween and Arts Festival Committee and through facebook, a campaign commenced to find the Thurles Sportstar of the Year. A shortlist of seven was drawn up and Grainne was chosen as winner following many hours of deliberation on the part of the committee.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to make and while there has to be a winner , it is our view that all seven shortlisted nominees are winners,” Cllr Ryan told the attendance in the Anner Hotel - the Anner is sponsor of the awards scheme which is also being supported by The Tipperary Star and will be expanded in 2015 to include a Sportstar of the month segment.

Grainne Dwyer was present at the awards night with her family and was extremely proud to have been chosen by her own townspeople for the award. She thanked the committee for chosing her, but added that she plays a team sport and would be nowhere without her team mates. She also congratulated the other nominees and wished them well in their chosen disciplines.

The other nominees were: Paddy Clavin (boxing); Sarah McKevitt (Ladies soccer); Aisling O’Hagan (ladies rugby); Aaron Cawley (cricket); Danie Troy (highland games) and Killian Martin (Special Olympics atheltics).

Mr PJ Maher of The Anner Hotel said that they were delighted to be sponsor of the event and he looked forward to it growing in stature in Thurles. He also thanked the people of Thurles and it’s surrounds for the support shown to the hotel since the re-launch a few months ago and looked forward to continued support over the years.

Noel Dundon of The Tipperary Star spoke of the importance of sport in modern day life. Participation in sport is so important for health of mind and body, he said, and he added that the experiences on the playing fields helps to prepare participants for the many up’s, the downs, and the challenges which life presents. He encouraged parents to introduce sport to the lives of their kids - it emerged on the night that there are 52 different sporting organisations in Thurles town alone. Surely there is something for everyone.