Donegal Sports Star nominees announced

The Donegal Sports Star Awards nominees have been announced ahead of the annual celebration night in Letterkenny on Friday, January 26.

There are a number of southwest Donegal athletes shortlisted for awards, among them Sligo native and World Junior Champion Mona McSharry, who trains with the Marlins Club in Ballyshannon, and is nominated for the swimming award.

Kilcar pair Patrick McBrearty and Mark McHugh are among seven nominees for the GAA award, four of whom are ladies footballers.

Rossnowlagh’s Una Britton, Maia Monaghan and Bea Greenberg are in contention for the surfing award.

Three Donegal Town Basketball Club players have been nominated for the basketball award – Shane Meehan, Thomas Whyte and Ultan O’Grady.

Paul McCarter from the Donegal Bay club is nominated for the cycling award, while Pettigo’s Kevin Eves is shortlisted for the motorsport award, as is Donagh Kelly from Frosses.

Ballyshannon’s Maeve Liston is in the running for the rugby award, while Eleanor Rooney is among the triathlon nominees.

Among the nominees for schools awards are Máirtín Herrity from Killybegs NS, and Mia McCalmont from Abbey Vocational School, while Orla Carr and Michelle Harvey from Abbey VS are among the nominees for the teachers awards.

Abbey VS itself is in the running for the secondary school award, while Scoil Naisiunta na Carraige is listed among the primary school nominees.

There are 15 nominees for the team of the year award, but county champions Kilcar are not among them.


The full list of award nominees is below:

2017 donegal Sports Star Awards Nominees



Adrian Shiels, Letterkenny

Laurence Gildea, Bonagee Utd



Ciaran Doherty, Leterkenny A.C

Damien Crawford Lifford Strabane A.C.

John Kelly, Finn Valley A.C.

Marty Lynch, Milford A.C. (Adventure Racing)

Sommer Lecky, Finn Valley A.C.



Shane Meehan, Donegal Town Basketball Club

Thomas Whyte, Donegal Town Basketball Club

Ultan O’Grady, Donegal Town Basketball Club



Chloe McDaid, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.

Darryl Moran, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.

Jessica Clarke, Carndonagh A.B.C.

John Moran, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.

Labhaoise Clarke, Carndonagh A.B.C.

Maeve Mc Carron, Carrigart A.B.C.

Sean Kelly, Dunfanaghy A.B.C.



Eimear O’Donnell, CLG Carndonagh

Emma Harkin, Burt GAA Club

Karen Kelly, Burt GAA Club

Leanne Kelly, Burt

Rebecca Lynch, Burt GAA Club


Clay Pigeon shooting

Gearóid Driver, Raphoe Gun Club

Joe O’Donnell, Carrigans & St. Johnston Gun Club

Shay McCurdy, Lifford & District Gun Club



Danny O’Donnell, Milford GAA

Eddie Harkin, Dunfanaghy A.B.C.

James Gibbons, Milford A.C.

Mick Coleman, Finn Valley Vikings Power Lifting Team


Cue Sports

Aidan Devenney, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

John Connors, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny

Sean Devenney, North West Snooker Club, Letterkenny



Cathal Gallagher , Errigal  Cycling Club

Ciaran Mc Gettigan, Errigal Cycling Club

Clodagh Ni Ghallchoir, Triple A Club, Gaoth Dobhair

Jason Black, Letterkenny

Mitchell McLaughlin, Drumkeen

Paul McCarter, Donegal Bay Cycling Club

PJ Doogan, Errigal Cycling Club



John Flood, Milford

Jordan Boyce, Newtowncunningham

Alex Hughes, Inver



James McCloughan, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club

Mary Devine, Letterkenny

Megann Ferry, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club

Oisín Haley, East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club

Oisín Orr, Rathmullan



Ciara Hegarty, Moville

Niamh Hegarty, Moville

Patrick Mc Brearty, Kilcar

Mark Mc Hugh, Kilcar

Michael Murphy, Glenswilly

Sarah Harkin, Ardara

Shannon McLaughlin, Termon



Brendan McCarroll Junior, Ballyliffen Golf Club

Frank Casey, Rosapenna Golf Club

Kyle McCarron, North West Golf Club, Lisfannon



Alice O’Connor, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club

Ella McBride, Dungloe

Emmaléi Murphy, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics Club

Jessica Grace Coll, Portsalon



Alexander Tinney, Raphoe (Banbridge Hockey Club)

Ben Wallace, Raphoe (Annadale Hockey Club, Belfast)

Luke Witherow, Raphoe (Banbridge Hockey Club)



Dara Grant, Burt

Danny Cullen, Setanta

Davin Flynn, Letterkenny



Chloe & Sam Magee, Raphoe

Elaine Dullaghan, North West Shotokan Karate Club

Finesse Gymnastics Senior Display Team, Letterkenny

Raaj Padmanabhan, St. Johnston Cricket Club

Sadie Duffy, Illies Golden Gloves A.B.C.


martial arts

Emma Dolan, Three Rivers Karate Club, Lifford

James Burke, North West Shotokan Karate Club

Tristan Logue, Burnfoot


motor cycling

Caolán Irwin, Kilmacrennan

Rhys Irwin, Kilmacrennan

Richard Kerr, Kilmacrennan


motor sport

Damien Gallagher, Glenswilly & Mac Walsh, Garryharry

Declan & Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward

Donagh Kelly, Frosses

Kevin Eves, Pettigo

Manus Kelly, Glenswilly & Donal Barrett, Milford



Edward O’Reilly, St. Michael’s

James Boyle, Dungloe

Oisin Merritt, Stranorlar


power lifting

Connor Logue, Motiv8

Charlotte Kennedy, Ardara

Orla Harrison, Rathmullan


primary school sports boy

Athan Doherty, Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

Dónal Gallagher, Scoil an tSratha Mhóir, Gleann Dómhain

Mairtin Herrity, Commons N.S., Killybegs


primary school sports girl

Adrienne Gallen, St. Columbas N.S, Ballylast, Castlefin

Elsa Moore, Moyle N.S., Newtowncunningham

Emily Kelly, St. Mary’s N.S., Stranorlar

Claire Diver, St. Crone’s N.S., Dungloe


Primary school (SmaLL <100)

Scoil Cholmcille, Drumman, Ramelton

St. Joseph’s N.S., Rathmullan

Scoil Naisiunta Na Carraige


Primary school (lARGE >100)

Dooish N.S., Ballybofey

Glenswilly N.S, New Mills, Letterkenny

Kilmacrennan N.S.

Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Leitir Ceanainn

Scoil Naomh Bríd, Muff

St. Patrick’s Boys’ School, Carndonagh

St. Patrick’s N.S., Lurgybrack, Letterkenny


primary school sports teacher

Eilís Mc Clafferty, Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny

Christy Gillespie, Scoil Cholmcille, An Tearmann

Ciarán McDevitt, Dooish N.S., Ballybofey

Jane Watt, Moyle N.S., Newtowncunningham

Nakita Burke Letterkenny Educate Together National School

Sarah King, Drumkeen National School


professional sport achievement

Jason Quigley, Golden Boy Promotions



Danny Ryan, Kilmacrennan

Keane Ryan, Kilmacrennan

John Doohan, Cloughaneely

Patrick Boomer, Loughros Point Rowing Club, Ardara



Conor McMenamin, Letterkenny

Joseph Dunleavy, Letterkenny

Larissa Muldoon, Cappry, Ballybofey

Maeve Liston, Ballyshannon

Nora Stapleton, Fahan


secondary school sports boy

Conchúr Mac Meanman, Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Fionnán Mac Giolla Chomhaill, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

Jonathan Martin, Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny


secondary school sports girl

Amy Boyle Carr, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties

Clodagh Ní Ghallchoír, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

Danielle McDevitt, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties

Fodhla Nic Phaidín,  Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair

Mia Mc Calmont, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town

Shana Quinn, St. Columbas Comprehensive School, Glenties

Shannon Nic Lochlainn,Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Tyler Toland, Deele College, Raphoe


secondary school

Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town  

Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Crana College, Buncrana

Loreto Community School, Milford

Mulroy College, Milford

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair


secondary school sports teacher

Blaine Ó Maolagáin,Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn

Liz Gordon, Deele College, Raphoe

Michelle Harvey, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town

Orla Carr, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town



Amber Barrett, Peamount United

Erin Doherty, Lagan Harps

Georgie Kelly, UCD

Tyler Toland, Maiden City, Derry


special athlete

Anna Hennessy, Letterkenny

Marie Mc Gloin, Ballyshannon



Bea Greenberg, Rossnowlagh Surf Club

Maia Monaghan, Rossnowlagh Surf Club

Triona McMenamin, Letterkenny

Una Britton, Rossnowlagh Surf Club



Cody Dunnion, Swilly Seals

Éadaoin O’Raw, City of Derry Swimming Club (open water swimming)

Jonathan Martin, Swilly Seals

Molly Nulty, Swilly Seals

Mona McSharry, Marlins Swimming Club, Ballyshanon

Paddy Bond, Ramelton



Ballybofey United Senior Team

Cockhill Celtic FC

Buncrana Hearts U18 Soccer Team

Finesse Gymnastics Senior Display Team, Letterkenny

Finn Valley Vikings Power Lifting Team

Glengad United Football Club

Lagan Harps U12 Girls team

Letterkenny Rovers U14 Team

Lifford Strabane Athletics Club Juvenile Team

Milford GAA Senior Mens Team

Moville Minor Ladies GAA Team

Naomh Colmcille CLG Senior Football Team

North West Shotokan Karate Club

St. Eunan’s GAA Club Minor Football Team

Tri Quads Cycling Team



Elaine Chambers, Butt Hall Tennis Club

Francis Binggoy Venzon, Butt Hall Tennis Club

Mary Barry, Ramelton Tennis Club



Jonathan Martin, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Kirsty McIlwaine, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club

Eleanor Rooney, Ballyshannon

Margaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon Club