O’Donovan brothers among many to be honoured at this year’s Irish Sports Awards

Editor's Choice | Thu 9 Feb | Author – Business & Finance
O’Donovan Brothers
Paul and Gary O’Donovan pictured after securing silver medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

The 2017 Irish Sports Awards will honour Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan, as well as a host of extraordinary Irish sports stars on Thursday, February 23rd at The Mansion House on Dublin’s Dawson Street.

The Irish Sports Awards recognise outstanding sports people and legends that make a significant contribution to Irish sport in a domestic and global context.

Also being recognised on the night are gold Olympic Paralympic medallist Jason Smyth, Irish football manager Martin O’Neill and horse trainer Aidan O’Brien.

In addition to the recognition of current sports people across a range of disciplines, the Irish Sports Awards honours ‘The Legends of Irish Sport’, representing some of the greatest Irish sporting ambassadors of a generation.

This year the awards will honour sporting heroes who have given us excitement and so many unforgettable memories throughout their careers.

2016 was a fantastic year for Irish sport as Team Ireland took home three Olympic medals, while Ireland’s Paralympic team triumphed with 11.

The Irish Sports Awards is partnering and supporting the great work of UNICEF while celebrating some of the most iconic sporting heroes, both in the ‘Legends’ and ‘Performing’ categories.


  • Gary and Paul O’Donovan
  • Martin O’Neill
  • Fergus Slattery
  • Sail Team Ireland
  • Bernard and Alan Brogan
  • Eamonn Coghlan
  • 1978 Munster Rugby Team
  • Sinead Jennings
  • Aidan O’Brien
  • Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris
  • Paul Carberry
  • Brian Cody
  • Henry Shefflin
  • Jason Smyth
  • Bernard Dunne
  • George Hook, Tom McGurk & Brent Pope

Irish Sports Awards