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O'Gara named Sports Personality of the Year

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:57

Ireland rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan proudly shows off his side's Team of the Year award
Ireland rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan proudly shows off his side's Team of the Year award

Ireland and Munster rugby star Ronan O'Gara was named the 2004 RTÉ Sports Personality of the Year at a gala reception in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin last night.

Out-half O'Gara played a pivotal role in Ireland's first Triple Crown success in 19 years last season – an historic feat which was further acknowledged when coach Eddie O'Sullivan accepted the Irish Team of the Year accoloade.

As well as orchestrating Ireland's crucial Six Nations Championship victory over world champions England at Twickenham and the Triple Crown-clinching win over Scotland, O'Gara was inspirational when scoring all of Ireland's points in the stunning 17-12 Test victory over South Africa at Lansdowne Road last November.

The contributions of Irish golfers Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke to Europe's Ryder Cup win last year were recognised when the Europeans were named as International Team of the Year.

Former world featherweight boxing champion Barry McGuigan was honoured with the Hall of Fame award.

McGuigan, who has just recently been inducted into boxing's international Hall of Fame, became a national hero in 1985 when he memorably beat Panama's Eusebio Pedroza to become WBA champion.

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