The countdown has begun to the announcement of the winners of the RTÉ Sport Sports Person and Manager of the Year awards, which will be revealed live on RTÉ One at 9.30pm tonight.
A Hall of Fame Award and Sport Team of the Year will be also presented at the RTÉ Sport Awards, in association with The Irish Sports Council, which are being held at RTÉ studios in Dublin.
World number one golfer Rory McIlroy, Ireland soccer international Seamus Coleman, world champion boxers Katie Taylor and Carl Frampton and eight other nominees are in contention for the Sports Person award.
Manager of the Year nominees include Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody, horse trainers Jim Culloty and Aidan O’Brien, Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt and five other nominees.
Full shortlist of nominees:
Ireland’s top points scorer at the Rugby World Cup and IRB Women’s World Player of the Year nominee
Everton’s Player of the Season and PFA Premier League Team of the Season representative
Cork camogie and football player, All-Ireland ladies football and camogie champion
Ireland’s first ever 800m medallist at a major outdoor Athletics Championship, European Bronze medallist
IBF Super Bantamweight Champion of the World
British Open and USPGA Champion and member of Europe’s resounding Ryder Cup-winning team
Double European Paralympic Gold Medallist
Kerry footballer, All Ireland SFC winner and Footballer of the Year
Ireland outhalf, and the only Northern Hemisphere nominee for IRB Men's world player of the year
Double gold medallist at this year’s IPC European Championships
Kilkenny hurler, All-Ireland SHC winner and Hurler of the Year
World Champion for the fifth consecutive occasion, European champion for sixth successive title
Manager of the Year
Manager and mastermind behind yet another All-Ireland SHC title with Kilkenny
Racehorse trainer and the man responsible for training Lord Windermere to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory
Kerry manager who plotted the Kingdom’s route to becoming All-Ireland SFC champions
Manager who led Dundalk to the their first League of Ireland title in 19 years
Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning captain
2014 was another remarkable year for O’Brien, who became the first trainer to win three consecutive Epsom derbies
Head coach who led Ireland to Six Nations glory and November wins over South Africa, Georgia and Australia.
The man behind Cork Ladies Footballers’ stunning ninth All-Ireland title in ten years
Trainer who helped Carl Frampton to become the IBF Super Bantamweight world champion
Coached his daughter Katie to a remarkable fifth consecutive World title and sixth successive European title
Team of the Year
Cork Ladies Football
Kerry Senior Football
Kilkenny Senior Hurling