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Tomás Ó Sé & Michael Duignan Call Out RTÉ Sports Awards For ‘Snubbing’ Dublin GAA’s Achievements

Dublin vs Mayo Dublin's Con O'Callaghan

At the annual RTÉ Sports Awards on Saturday night there was a noticeable lack of recognition for the GAA world in the winners enclosure. 

James McClean (soccer) won Sportsperson Of The Year, Aidan O’Brien (horse racing) took home Manager Of The Year and the Irish showjumpers collected the Team Of The Year gong, with all three respective winners fending off competition from GAA nominees.

While the Dublin footballers and Galway hurlers would have felt they were in with a relative chance of clinching the Team Of The Year accolade going into the ceremony in Donnybrook, it was unfortunately not to be for the pair of 2017 All-Ireland champions.

What many found most bemusing about the national broadcaster’s end-of-year awards, in particular the centrepiece Sportsperson Of The Year category, was the exclusion of Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan from the list of nominees. The Cuala star had a simply incredible 2017 where he collected Young Footballer of The Year and an All-Star along with his starring role in Dublin’s third consecutive Sam Maguire Cup triumph to accompany the under-21 All-Ireland football title he captained the county to as well as being a driving force in his club’s All-Ireland SHC win in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day.

How could such an historic twelve months of achievements be so candidly overlooked in the running for such an award?

Dublin , Ireland - 16 July 2017; Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Kildare at Croke Park in Dublin. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Kerry legend and RTÉ Sunday Game analyst Tomás Ó Sé shared his thoughts on the whole scenario, coming out in defence of his own rivals from his playing days and the 21-year-old sensation O’Callaghan. RTÉ hurling pundit Michael Duignan echoed those thoughts.

Ó Sé, now playing his trade with Cork’s Nemo Rangers, and Offaly legend Duignan were not alone with his viewpoint:

Meanwhile, Cork camogie captain and fellow dual star Rena Buckley was nominated for the award, but alas came up short to Republic of Ireland fan favourite McClean, resulting in disappointment amongst her supporters.







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Author: The PA Team

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