VOTE | Four nominees shortlisted for Ganly's Longford Sports of the Month award

Benny McManus, Joe O'Brien, James McGivney and Ashley Weafer are looking for your vote to become the Ganly's Longford Sports of the Month for May

VOTE | Four nominees shortlisted for Ganly's Longford Sports of the Month award

Benny McManus, Joe O'Brien, James McGivney and Ashley Weafer are looking for your vote to become the Ganly's Longford Sports of the Month for May









There are four contenders for the 2018 Ganly’s Longford Sports Star of the Month Award for May, in association with Longford Sports Partnership and the Longford Leader. 

Read below to find out why each person has been nominated.

Voting closes at 9pm on Wednesday, October 3.


Congratulations to January winner KIERAN O'GORMAN (Rugby)

Congratulations to February winner NELVIN APPIAH (Athletics)

Congratulations to March winner CIAN McPHILLIPS (Athletics)

See who won the APRIL award HERE

May award nominees

Rugby: Benny McManus
The Leinster Rugby Junior squad, featuring Longford players Kieran O’Gorman, Benny McManus and Dylan Quinn, were crowned the Interprovincial champions following a great 24-18 win over the Ulster Juniors at the Coleraine University grounds. Leinster had already secured wins over Leinster and Connacht and in another honour for Longford RFC the trophy for the best forward in the Interprovincial series was won by Benny McManus.

GAA Hurling: Joe O’Brien  
Showing a lot of resilience in a game they had to win to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Nicky Rackard Cup semi-finals, Longford got the better of Louth in the Round 2 clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. So often the matchwinner for the county senior hurlers in the past the prolific Joe O’Brien played another leading role in a well deserved success with the Clonguish sharpshooter firing over a total of nine points (eight in the first half) in the 0-19 to 0-12 victory.

GAA Football: James McGivney
In producing a terrific team effort the outsiders Longford scored a famous victory over Meath to reach the Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final for the first time in 30 years, holding out for a richly deserved 0-16 to 0-14 surprise success at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. There were many Longford stars on this memorable occasion and particularly impressive in attack was Mullinalaghta man James McGivney, the chief marksman with four cracking points from play.

Swimming: Ashley Weafer
Longford competitors produced many fine performances as a number of medals were won in the various events at the first stage of the 2018 Aldi National Community Games Finals at the University of Limerick. Longford were particularly successful in the swimming pool, most notably the Gold medal captured by Ashley Weafer (Drumlish/Ballinamuck) in winning the Boys U-10 Freestyle in an amazing time of 15.54 seconds.

Have your say - award nominees sought !!

If you wish to nominate anyone for a monthly award, you can do so by emailing newsroom@longfordleader

Please include Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards in the subject line of your email and the reason for nominating the sportsperson and the date of their achievement. 

There will also be Hall of Fame inductee, along with awards for Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Community/Club Volunteer of the Year and Sports Ability Award. 

Longford Sports Partnership is also actively seeking nominations for these four awards (please note the criteria below) and you can email nominees, along with the reason for nominating that person, to Longford Sports Partnership at


Exceptional Service to Sport & Recreation – Hall of Fame: Open to any individual who has made a major contribution to sport or physical activity and who has displayed excellent leadership skills.

Community/Club Volunteer of the Year: Open to those who organise community events, that promote physical activity or people who give of their time voluntarily to train teams, run clubs, maintain facilities etc

Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Outstanding performance by a junior athlete in his/her chosen field

Sports Ability Award: Open to any individual with a disability, who has excelled as an individual or as part of a team

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