Radio Kerry and Randles Brothers, Tralee and Killarney are delighted to announce the launch of the Kerry Sports Star Awards. Each month a sportsperson in Kerry will be chosenwinner will be chosen
The first winner announced was Clare Fitzgerald of Tralee Harriers. In February 22 year old Clare, a 4th year Commerce Student at UCC, won the Irish Ladies Senior Shot Putt and for the fourth time in her magnificent career. In doing so she broke the Stadium Record and has been chosen to represent Ireland in The European Winter Championship in Portugal in March.
And she also won Gold in the Shot Putt and Silver in the weight for distance in the Irish Universities Championships held early in February.
Speaking about the announcement of Clare Fitzgerald as the first winner Radio Kerry’s Weeshie Fogarty said, “Her list of achievements at both National and International level over the past years is absolutely staggering and in my view she has probably not got the recognition she so richly deserves”.
He added that Clare, “gets the nod ahead of the other nominations, all of whom would be worthy winners in their own right”. He said that Kerry has so many international sports men and women have done so magnificently in their chosen sport and that no doubt all those mentioned will be in contention again in the coming months.
The winner of the March Kerry Sports Star Award went to racehorse trainer Jim Culloty.
The Killarney man saw his horse Lord Windermere win a thrilling Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Friday March 14th. So Jim becomes only the fourth man to both train and ride a Gold Cup winner, 10 years after landing the race for a third time aboard Best Mate.
Lord Windermere (20-1) won in the most sensational fashion imaginable. He had to survive a steward’s inquiry as jockey Davy Russell guided his mount home ahead of On His Own and The Giant Bolster. Jim Culloty, such a richly deserving winner, follows February’s recipient international athlete Clare Fitzgerald from Tralee Harriers as Kerry Sports Star of The Month.
Pobalscoil PS Chorca Dhuibhne All Ireland Colleges Hogan Cup winners are the Kerry Sports Stars of the Month for April.
They were underdogs and in what was a thrilling final in Croke Park when they defeated the holders Saint Patricks College Maghera as they gave a magnificent display of all that is great and good in Kerry football
They lost no game in Munster – and won an All-Ireland beating their Northern opponents, always a very difficult task for any Kerry side.
Chorca Dhuibhne is only 4th Kerry school and the 5th time Kerry has won Hogan Cup. A superb historic achievement which richly deserves this prestigious Kerry Sport Star of the Month Award. They follow the previous two recipients, in February Irish International athletics star from Tralee Clair Fitzgerald was deemed the winner and last month, March Jim Culloty was an automatic recipient as winning trainor in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The May winner will be announced on Monday, May 26th.