Poll: It’s time to vote for our Sports Person of the Week, in Association with O’Reilly’s


There are five nominees for this week’s Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s – and it’s time to cast your vote!

Each weekly award winner will receive a kitbag, a jersey and a half-zip, supplied by O’Reilly’s.

The award winner will be chosen via a public vote from a shortlist selected by our panel.

O’Reilly’s Sportswear was founded in 2017 by well-known Twin Towns sporting brothers Steven and Martin O’Reilly.

Our poll closes at noon on Thursday.


Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley AC)

Brendan Boyce won gold medals at both the 20k and 30k races at the Race Walking Championships in Raheny on Saturday. Boyce is now in the colours of Finn Valley AC and led the Irish home in both races, setting a new PB of 2:41:11 in the 30k.


Shane Gallagher (Red Hughs)

As Red Hughs headed for the trenches against Dunedin Connollys in Sunday’s All-Ireland Junior quarter-final, Shane Gallagher – who sustained a broken jaw in the recent Ulster final – shouldn’t have been on the field. But Gallagher not only defied his injury, he played a big part with his jaw wired and popped up with the match-winning goal in extra time. 


Catherine Grier (Republic of Ireland Deaf Women’s Team)

Ramelton woman Catherine Grier scored twice on Sunday as the Republic of Ireland Women’s Deaf Team qualified for the quarter-finals of the EDSA European Championships in Finland. Grier scored two goals in a 6-1 win over Norway in Finland, sending Ireland to the last eight and also sealing qualification for the 2019 World Cup.


Ronan Mac Gaoithin (Colaiste Ailigh)

Colaiste Ailigh overcame Moville Community College in Friday’s Donegal Senior Schools ‘B’ final in torrid conditions at Burt. Mac Gaothin made the first goal for Oisin Mac Gairbheith and scored the second himself as John Bosco Gallagher’s team won 2-8 to 1-5.


Mona McSharry (Marlin’s Swimming Club)

What a weekend it was for Mona McSharry at the Irish Short-Course Swimming Championships

McSharry won a remarkable six titles and broke six Irish senior records in the process. She won the 200m freestyle, 100m individual medley, 100m freestyle, 199m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley titles



Week 22 - Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s

  • Catherine Grier (52%, 607 Votes)
  • Shane Gallagher (30%, 356 Votes)
  • Ronan Mac Gaoithin (8%, 99 Votes)
  • Mona McSharry (6%, 71 Votes)
  • Brendan Boyce (4%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,177

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Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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