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The 2021 RTÉ Sportsperson of the year will be named on Saturday night. Here is the list of illustrious previous winners.

1985

Barry McGuigan

The Clones Cyclone defeated Eusebio Pedroza to become the WBA featherweight champion.

1986

Sean Kelly

The Carrick-on-Suir cyclist finished third at the Vuelta a Espana.

1987

Stephen Roche

A historic year for Irish cycling as the Dundrum man won the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and the World Cycling Championship.

1988

Eamonn D'Arcy, Ronan Rafferty, Des Smyth

Irish trio were on the winning Dunhill Cup team.

1989

Christy O'Connor Jr

Played the pivotal shot for Team Europe during their Ryder Cup triumph at the Belfry.

1990

Packie Bonner

Saved Daniel Timofte's penalty as Ireland progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

1991

Ralph Keyes

Top scorer at the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

1992

Michael Carruth

Won gold in welterweight boxing at the Barcelona Games.

1993

Sonia O'Sullivan

Won silver in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships.

1994

Sonia O'Sullivan

Took gold in the 3000m at the European Championships.

1995

Sonia O'Sullivan

A third victory in a row for the Cobh athlete who won gold in the 5000m at the World Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

1996

Michelle Smith

Controversial triple gold medallist at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, also tagging on a bronze.

1997

Ken Doherty

Won the 1997 World Snooker Championship, ending Stephen Hendry's long reign.

1998

Sonia O'Sullivan

Won gold in the 5000m and 10,000m at the European Championships and also double gold medallist at the World Cross Country Championships.

1999

Roy Keane

Captained Manchester United to a historic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

2000

Sonia O'Sullivan

Took home a fifth award after winning silver in the 5000m at the Olympic Games in Sydney.

2001

Mick McCarthy

Managed Republic of Ireland to qualification for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.

2002

Padraig Harrington

Finished second in the European Tour Order of Merit, earning two victories and helping Europe to a Ryder Cup win at the Belfry.

2003

Barry Geraghty

Winner of the Aintree Grand National aboard Monty's Pass.

2004

Ronan O'Gara

Out-half on the Ireland team which claimed the Triple Crown for the first time in 19 years.

2005

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín

Captained Cork to a second successive All-Ireland hurling title, winning his third in total.

2006

Henry Shefflin

Won a fourth All-Ireland hurling title, collecting the Hurler of the Year award for the second time.

2007

Padraig Harrington

Won the Open Championship at Carnoustie, becoming the first Irishman to win a golf major since Fred Daly in 1947.

2008

Padraig Harrington

Won back-to-back major titles. Retained the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale before becoming the first European since 1930 to win the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

2009

Brian O'Driscoll

Captained Ireland to a first Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations for 61 years and was an integral part of the Leinster team which won the 2008-09 Heineken Cup.

2010

Graeme McDowell

Won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach and sunk the winning putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

2011

Rory McIlroy

Won the 2011 US Open at Congressional, setting a record low score in the tournament.

2012

Katie Taylor

Won Olympic gold in the women's lightweight division at the London Games.

2013

Tony McCoy

Was crowned Champion Jockey in the UK for the 18th year in a row and rode his 4000th winner over jumps in November.

2014

Rory McIlroy

Won successive major championship titles, winning the Open Championship in Royal Liverpool in July and following it with a second PGA Championship success at Valhalla in August.

2015

Michael Conlan

Won gold in the bantamweight division at the AIBA World Boxing Championships.

2016

Conor McGregor

Beat Eddie Alvarez to add the UFC Lightweight Championship to the Featherweight title won the previous December, becoming the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two divisions.

2017

James McClean

Scored the winner in Ireland's crucial 1-0 victory away to Wales in Cardiff, booking the team's spot in the World Cup play-off.

2018

Jonathan Sexton

Won the Grand Slam with Ireland in the Six Nations, a European Champions Cup and Pro14 double with Leinster and became the second Irish player (after Keith Wood) to be crowned World Rugby Player of the Year.

2019

Shane Lowry

Won the 2019 Open Championship by six strokes at Royal Portrush.

2020

Katie Taylor

Successfully defended her undisputed lightweight belts, defeating Delfine Persoon and Miriam Gutierrez.

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