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RTÉ Sports Person of the Year

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RTÉ Sports Person of the Year

The RTÉ Sports Person of the Year is given to one sportsman or sportswoman, usually Irish, each year. The winner of the award is decided by a panel of experts who choose a winner from a shortlist of candidates towards the end of the calendar year. A number of other awards are presented at the ceremony, including the team of the year and hall of fame awards.

The male-dominated award has been beset by numerous controversies over the years, particularly over its treatment of female athletes. The 2006 panel of experts—including Eamon Dunphy, George Hook, Pat Spillane, Cyril Farrell, Ted Walsh and Jerry Kiernan—controversially overlooked world indoor athletics champion Derval O'Rourke for the honour.[1] When, after years of male winners, the 2012 RTÉ Sports Person of the Year award was being presented to boxer Katie Taylor viewers of the live television broadcast were instead shown an advertisement for the cosmetics and beauty company L'Oréal.[2]

List of winners

Year Winner Sport Achievement
2000 Sonia O'Sullivan[3] Athletics Olympic silver medalist in the 5000m
2001 Mick McCarthy[4] Soccer Secured qualification for the FIFA World Cup for the Republic of Ireland
2002 Pádraig Harrington Golf Member of the European team that won the 2002 Ryder Cup
2003 Barry Geraghty[5] Horse racing Winner of the Aintree Grand National on Monty's Pass in 2003
2004 Ronan O'Gara[6] Rugby union Member of the Ireland team that won the Triple Crown in the 2004 Six Nations Championship
2005 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín[7] Hurling Captain of the Cork team that won the 2005 All-Ireland Senior Championship
2006 Henry Shefflin[8] Hurling Member of the Kilkenny team that won the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Championship
2007 Pádraig Harrington Golf First Irishman to win the British Open in sixty years
2008 Pádraig Harrington Golf First European to win back to back major championships
2009 Brian O'Driscoll Rugby union Grand Slam-winning captain and member of the Leinster team that won the 2008–09 Heineken Cup
2010 Graeme McDowell[9] Golf 2010 U.S. Open winner & Member of the European team that won the 2010 Ryder Cup
2011 Rory McIlroy[10] Golf 2011 U.S. Open winner
2012 Katie Taylor[11] Boxing Olympic gold medalist


The winner is in bold.






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