Overall Sports Achievement of the Year Award winners were Fethard Ladies Intermediate Football Team.
The presentation of Butlers Fethard Sports Achievement Awards for 2018 took place on Friday night last, January 18, attended by a large crowd of enthusiastic sports people both young and old.
At last Friday night’s ceremony, special guests included Jack Wallace and his wife Anne, who were representing the annual awards sponsor, Carling, for the sixth year in succession. Special sporting guests on the night were Paudie Feehan and Killian O’Dwyer from Killenaule, both members of the All-Ireland Tipperary U21 Hurling Championship winning team 2018.
Team of the Year Award went to Fethard U12 Hurling Team represented by front L to R: Mark Neville, Charlie Walsh, Gavin Neville and Sam Coen. In the Back are L to R: Paudie Feehan (Tipperary U21 Hurler), Jack Wallace (Area-Manager Carling) and Killian O'Dwyer (Tipperary U21 Hurler).
The prizegiving commenced with an ‘Encouragement Award’, given at the steering group’s discretion to up-and-coming young sports stars participating in sports that are usually not particularly well known.
The recipient of this year’s award in this category was Sean Thompson-McGarry for Archery.
YOUNG SPORTSPERSON AWARD
Carling Area Manager Jack Wallace, presented the Young Sportsperson of the Year Award to apprentice jockey Ben Coen (accepted by Megan Coen).
In second place was lady’s rugby international player Dorothy Wall (accepted by her father Anthony Wall) and in third place was young hurler star Ryan Walsh.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Team of the Year Award went to Fethard U12 Hurling Team who won the South Tipperary A title for the first time in their history.
In second place was Fethard Rugby Club’s First Team, accepted by captain Conor Kavanagh; and in third place was Fethard Ladies U19 Football team.
Overall Sports Achievement of the Year Award
There were three prizes in the Overall Sports Achievement of the Year category.
Third place went to Charlie Manton who was goalkeeper on the UCD team that won the Sigerson Cup.
Second place went to Gavin Ahearne, gold medal winner and county Tipperary javelin champion.
In first place and winner of the Butlers Fethard Sports Achievement Award for 2018 were the Fethard Ladies Intermediate Football Team who had a fantastic year and won the County Tipperary Intermediate Title for the first time.
Special mentions were made on the night to The Nationalist newspaper and particularly Michael Heverin for continuously supporting the event and also to local photographer, newspaper correspondent and Fethard website author, Joe Kenny, for all his help.
Catering was supplied by Marianne Butler Shortall who spoiled everybody in her own inimitable and imaginative culinary way.