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Katie Taylor is Ireland's ' Sportswoman of the Year' for Fourth Time
by Michael O'Neill
December 19, 2014
Photo: ©The Irish Times


(DEC 19)  Boxer Katie Taylor has been crowned The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council 'Sportswoman of the Year 2014' for her exceptional achievement in winning a record breaking sixth European title and her fifth consecutive world title. Katie won her Sportswoman of the Month award in June after she claimed her sixth European title in Bucharest. Just last month the Bray boxer won her fifth consecutive world title at the AIBA Women's Word Championships at Jeju, South Korea.

Following an outstanding year for Irish women in sport, Katie was among 15 sports stars nominated for the 2014 title. It is her fourth time to win the award having previously won it in 2007, 2008 and 2012. Katie was presented with her award by Tanaiste Joan Burton at an awards ceremony in Dublin this afternoon (Fri 19th). This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Sportswoman of the Year awards which recognize the abilities and achievements of women in Irish sports.

An Tanaiste,(Minister)

Joan Burton, TD, said: "Irish sportswomen have excelled both nationally and internationally in a range of sports. Today we have recognised Irish women from a wide range of sports including soccer, athletics, boxing, golf and gaelic games. Their success is a result of the commitment and dedication which they give to their chosen sports.

Their exploits will help motivate thousands of girls and young women to continue to excel in sport, giving us a new generation of Irish sportswomen to be proud of. To the ladies celebrated here today I would say: Ireland needs you as sports heroes. We share in your continued success and are looking forward to watching your careers soar even higher. On the tenth birthday of this event I want to also thank The Irish Times and the Irish Sports Council for their continued support of these awards over the last decade. They have played a tremendous role in highlighting the successes of Irish women in national and international sporting arenas over that time"

Speaking after her win, Katie said: "I'm honoured and delighted to be named the Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year 2014. This has been an amazing year for me and for Irish women in sport and I would like to congratulate all the finalists in their respective fields who have excelled at major sporting events.

Whether its Fiona Coghlan or Maria McCambridge or Chloe Mustaki or Briege Corkery, all the finalists have played a huge part in gaining much needed recognition for females in sports. It is wonderful to have an award like this as it recognizes Irish Sports women and the amazing achievements that have brought us all here today."

Commenting on behalf of the Awards sponsor, Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of The Irish Sports Council said: "When Irish sports do well in the international arena it benefits all of us, bringing positive recognition for the country, an improved reputation and a boost to morale. It is with women like Katie Taylor, Stephanie Meadow and Savannah McCarthy as well as their coaching teams that bring these benefits to Ireland. The Irish Sports Council is proud to be part of awards that recognizes these achievements across a wide number of sports including athletics, squash, camogie, basketball, rugby, hockey, soccer, rowing, golf, boxing and gaelic football. Congratulations to Katie and all the finalists for giving us a great year for Irish Women in Sport."

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