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Shane Lowry Dedicates Sportsperson of the Year Award To Late "GAA Man" In Clara

Shane Lowry Dedicates Sportsperson of the Year Award To Late "GAA Man" In Clara

Shane Lowry was announced as the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year last night and, in a touching gesture, dedicated the award to a late friend from his own home town of Clara who passed away only a few days ago.

The Offaly man has had a tremendous year on the course, the highlight of it being his first major win at Royal Portrush back in July. As he received his award, Lowry claimed: "My home town, my county and my country mean a lot to me." However, despite being the man of the moment, he also honoured John Russell, the Clara native who died recently.

Interviewed by Darragh Maloney and Joanne Cantwell, Lowry said:


I'm just a normal country lad from Clara and, speaking of Clara, I just want to say we're about to bury a very good GAA man tomorrow and I was down at the funeral today and I'm going tomorrow. I'd just like to dedicate this to him and his family - John Buckley.

Meanwhile, Jim Gavin was honoured as Manager of the Year while the Dublin footballers claimed Team of the Year after winning a historic five-in-a-row at the end of the summer. Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan won Young Sportsperson of the Year for the second year in a row after winning Ireland's first-ever medal at the Gymnastics World Championships.

The Hall of Fame awarded was presented to Sonia O'Sullivan, who just happens to be the recipient of a former Sportsperson of the Year award. She won the accolade in 2000 after winning a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics earlier that year.

SEE ALSO: Quiz: Name Every RTÉ Sports Person Of The Year Winner This Century

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