The shortlists have been announced for the RTÉ Sport Sports Person and Manager of the Year awards.

The winners, along with the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year, will be revealed at the RTÉ Sport Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, on Sunday, 21 December at 9.30pm.

As part of the ceremony, the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council's Hall of Fame Award will be also presented, to someone RTÉ have described as "a very special Irish sporting legend".


Niamh Briggs
Ireland’s top points scorer at the Rugby World Cup and IRB Women’s World Player of the Year nominee

Seamus Coleman
Everton’s  Player of the Season and PFA Premier League Team of the Season representative

Briege Corkery
Cork camogie and football player, All-Ireland ladies football and camogie champion

Mark English
Ireland’s first ever 800m medallist at a major outdoor Athletics Championship, European Bronze medallist

Carl Frampton
IBF Super Bantamweight Champion of the World

Rory McIlroy
British Open and USPGA Champion and member of Europe’s resounding Ryder Cup-winning team

Michael McKillop
Double European Paralympic Gold Medallist

James O’Donoghue
Kerry footballer, All Ireland SFC winner and Footballer of the Year

Jonathan Sexton
Ireland outhalf, and the only Northern Hemisphere nominee for IRB Men's world player of the year

Jason Smyth
Double gold medallist at this year’s IPC European Championships

Richie Hogan
Kilkenny hurler, All-Ireland SHC winner and Hurler of the Year

Katie Taylor
World Champion for the fifth consecutive occasion, European champion for sixth successive title

Behind every athlete is a management and coaching team. The RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year award aims to celebrate these people. The nominees are:

Brian Cody
Manager and mastermind behind yet another All-Ireland SHC title with Kilkenny

Jim Culloty
Racehorse trainer and the man responsible for training Lord Windermere to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory

Éamonn Fitzmaurice
Kerry manager who plotted the Kingdom’s route to becoming All-Ireland SFC champions

Stephen Kenny
Manager who led Dundalk to the their first League of Ireland title in 19 years

Paul McGinley
Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning captain

Aidan O’Brien
2014 was another remarkable year for O’Brien, who became the first trainer to win three consecutive Epsom derbies

Joe Schmidt
Head coach who led Ireland to Six Nations glory and November wins over South Africa, Georgia and Australia.

Éamonn Ryan
The man behind Cork Ladies Footballers’ stunning ninth All-Ireland title in ten years

Shane McGuigan
Trainer who helped Carl Frampton to become the IBF Super Bantamweight world champion

Pete Taylor
Coached his daughter Katie to a remarkable fifth consecutive World title and sixth successive European title

The Team of the year, the shortlist for which was announced on Friday, will also be revealed on 21 December.

The winner of the award, which celebrates outstanding collaborative achievement by Irish sportspeople, will be decided by a public vote on the night of the RTÉ Sport Awards.

The nominees are:
Cork Ladies Football
Cork Camogie
Dundalk FC 
Ireland Rugby
Kerry Senior Football 
Kilkenny Senior Hurling

The Cork Ladies Football team became All-Ireland champions for the ninth time in 10 years while the Cork Camogie team made it double glory for the county by also winning their All-Ireland championship after a close contest with Kilkenny.

Dundalk FC won the EA Sports Cup and came out on top after a thrilling SSE Airtricity League, becoming Premier Division champions on the last day of the season.

The Ireland rugby team were RBS 6 Nations winners in March and also had notable victories over Argentina, South Africa and Australia.

In Gaelic football, Kerry completed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes by winning this year’s All-Ireland title after a run to the final that included two epic contests against Mayo.

Kilkenny also took part in a historic match, playing out a thrilling drawn final against Tipperary before claiming the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the seventh time in nine years in a replay.