Killybegs native Bernie O’Callaghan last night entered the Donegal Athletics Hall of Fame as the local athletics fraternity celebrated the Donegal Athletics Star Awards.
O’Callaghan, a member of the Finn Valley AC, joined Cyril O’Boyle, Hugo Duggan and Danny McDaid in the Hall of Fame.
Pictures courtesy of Dermot McGranaghan
Bernie won seven Irish senior titles and six Irish senior team medals in race walking, while he spent 28 years as the national race walking coach.
The Donegal County Board selected five performers who received the senior athlete of the year, junior athlete of the year and master athlete of the year, with a male and a female chosen in each category.
Finn Valley’s Sommer Lecky, who won silver at the World Junior Championships and gold at the Irish Senior Championships, won both the junior and senior awards – the first time ever this has happened.
Brendan Boyce, James Kelly, Ciaran Doherty and Noreen Bonner were the other big award winners.
Additionally, each club nominated four athletes who contributed to their success at over-16 and under-16 categories.
The awards ceremony was held at the Finn Valley Centre.Tags: