The contenders for the RTÉ Sport 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year and Manager of the Year awards have been revealed.

This year's RTÉ Sport Awards will be held on Thursday 28 January on RTÉ One.

After an unprecedented year both on and off the field Joanne Cantwell and Darragh Maloney will present the show celebrating the stellar achievements of Irish sportspeople in 2020 in the face of never-before-seen challenges.

The nominees for RTÉ Sport Team of the Year will be announced in the coming days.


Contenders revealed for 2020 RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year award


RTÉ SPORT YOUNG SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR 

AARON HILL 

Cork teenager Aaron Hill secured the most high-profile win of his snooker career, pulling off a sensational victory over six-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan at the European Masters. In March the 18-year-old won the EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships, before turning professional.

KATELYNN PHELAN 

The Kildare Boxer got the better of the previously undefeated German Jessica Schadko in Munich to claim the WBC youth title, as well as the WBF and WIBA belts in the welterweight division. Phelan now has four wins from her pro career so far.

KEANE BARRY 

The 18-year-old Meath man became a dual darts world champion after winning the BDO World Youths Championship in London. Barry picked up the Junior Darts Corporation's world title at Alexandra Palace a month earlier, and later in the year claimed his first Challenge Tour title.

OISIN MULLIN

Mayo Full-back Mullin had a breakthrough year to remember. The Kilmaine clubman's physicality and speed stood out as he became a regular in James Horan’s All-Ireland finalists. His consistently strong performances in 2020 also led to him being named on the Sunday Game’s Team of the Year.

OISIN O’CALLAGHAN 

The Limerick teenager claimed a first ever downhill gold for Ireland at the Junior World Mountain Bike Championships in Austria. It was O’Callaghan’s first ever race at that level. The 17-year-old followed up his win in Austria with two stage wins at the recently held World Cup competition in Portugal.

RTÉ SPORT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 BRIAN DOWLING 

In his maiden year in charge, Dowling helped Kilkenny claimed just their second All-Ireland title since 1994, and banish memories of some recent dark days in Croke Park. The black and amber put on an impressive second half display, and claim revenge over last year’s champions Galway. 

DESSIE FARRELL 

Dessie Farrell ensured it was business as usual for the relentless Dubs, as they claimed more history by winning 6-in-a-row All-Ireland Football Championships. In what was a difficult year to take the reins, the Dublin manager oversaw a side that swept away all who stood before them. 

JOHN KIELY 

Treaty manager Kiely saw his impressive Limerick team go through the year unbeaten. They were the standout hurlers in 2020, winning back-to-back league and Munster titles, as well as regaining the Liam McCarthy Cup they last won in 2018. 

JOSEPH O’BRIEN 

Joseph O'Brien once again denied his father Aidan in the Lexus Melbourne Cup, as 25/1 shot Twilight Payment made all to lift the Group One contest at Flemington. 

MICK BOHAN 

Dublin Ladies Football Manager Bohan led his charges to their fourth consecutive TG4 All-Ireland final victory. Dublin saw off great rivals Cork in the decider just six days before Christmas. 

STEPHEN BRADLEY 

The Shamrock Rovers boss oversaw a first Premier Division title since 2011 with four games to spare. The Dublin club were unbeaten throughout the 2020 league campaign, the first time this has happened since the 1926-27 season.