Irish Rugby Star Nominated For Sports Person Of The Year Award

Clean sweep?

Ireland and Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton has been nominated for yet another award after being shortlisted for RTE’S Sports Person of the Year award for 2018.

The talented playmaker has already been named Guinness Rugby Writers Player of the Year and World Rugby Player of the Year after an incredible season for both club and country. Sexton has won every competition he’s played in including the Champions Cup, PRO14 and Six Nations.

He boasts a win record in the high nineties and also played pivotal roles in Ireland series victory over the Wallabies back in June, as well as this month’s November clean sweep which included a win over world champions the All Blacks,.

Here are 24 athletes named overall.

SINÉAD AHERNE (Gaelic football)
THOMAS BARR (Athletics)
TJ DOHENY (Boxing)
KATIE-GEORGE DUNLEVY & EVE McCRYSTAL (Cycling)
BRIAN FENTON (Gaelic football)
KELLIE HARRINGTON (Boxing)
PHIL HEALY (Athletics)
PATRICK HOBAN (Soccer)
ELLEN KEANE (Swimming)
CIAN LYNCH (Hurling)
ARTHUR LANIGAN-O’KEEFFE (Modern Pentathlon)
DAN MARTIN (Cycling)
PADRAIG McCARTHY (Equestrian)
RHYS McCLENAGHAN (Gymnastics)
AYEISHA McFERRAN (Hockey)
SANITA DOMINANT PUSPURE (Rowing)
JONATHAN REA (Motor Cycling)
DAVY RUSSELL (Horse Racing)
SHANE RYAN (Swimming)
JOHNNY SEXTON (Rugby)
CHLOE SIGERSON (Camogie)
JASON SMYTH (Athletics)
KATIE TAYLOR (Boxing)

A final shortlist of 13 will be announced on Sunday, December 9, ahead of the award ceremony on December 15.