VOTE | Five in contention for Ganly's Longford Sports Star of the Month award

Dylan McGlade, Yemi Talabi, Eoghan McCormack, Cian McPhillips and Emer O'Donnell shortlisted for Ganly's Longford Sports Star of the Month for July

VOTE | Five in contention for Ganly's Longford Sports Star of the Month award

Dylan McGlade, Yemi Talabi, Eoghan McCormack, Cian McPhillips and Emer O'Donnell shortlisted for Ganly's Longford Sports Star of the Month for July











There are five contenders for the 2018 Ganly’s Longford Sports Star of the Month Award for July, 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 17.


Congratulations to January winner KIERAN O'GORMAN (Rugby)

Congratulations to February winner NELVIN APPIAH (Athletics)

Congratulations to March winner CIAN McPHILLIPS (Athletics)

Congratulations to April winner DARRAGH GREENE (Swimming)

Congrulations to May winner JAMES McGIVNEY (GAA Football)

See who won the JUNE award HERE

July award nominees

Soccer: Dylan McGlade
In the aftermath of the brilliant 5-1 win away to UCD, there was some more good news for Longford Town as their wing wizard Dylan McGlade was named the Airtricity League Player of the Week with the award selected from both the Premier and First Divisions. After producing a string of good performances, McGlade scored twice against the students at the Belfield Bowl in one of the shock results of the season.

Athletics: Yemi Talabi
Talented Longford athlete Yemi Talabi was part of the Irish Girls Medley Relay team that just missed out on qualifying for the final of their event at the European U-18 Athletics Championships in Gyor, Hungary, finishing fourth in their heat and tenth overall in a time of 2:13.64.  Longford Athletic Club member Yemi ran the 100 metres opening leg of the relay in representing Ireland with a lot of distinction.

GAA Football: Eoghan McCormack
A tremendous start laid the foundations for the Longford U-17s richly deserved 1-13 to 0-11 victory over Dublin in the Leinster Minor Football Shield Final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. There were a number of very good performances, led by inspirational captain Eoghan McCormack, and the tenacious Carrickedmond lad was a real driving force at centre-half-forward in giving the entire team a great lift.  

Athletics: Cian McPhillips
Longford’s running star Cian McPhillips (Moyne Community School), representing the Irish Schools team, was again in the spotlight when winning the Boys 1,500m race in 4:04 at the SIAB Schools Track and Field International in Grangemouth, Scotland.
Cian produced another superb performance in July in setting a new Irish Youth (Under 18) Outdoor 3,000m record when winning the race in the time of 8 minutes and 18 seconds at the Irish Milers Club Meet at the Irishtown Stadium in Dublin.
The Longford Athletic club member broke the existing record for the distance which had stood for an incredible 44 years, held by the great John Treacy after his tremendous run in Edinburgh back in 1974.  

Equestrian: Emer O'Donnell
Nine members of Mosstown Riding Club attended the National Show Jumping Championships held in Mullingar on Sunday, July 8. Following on from their success in the prestigious TRI Equestrian Team Show Jumping Challenge at the 2018 AIRC Festival in Mullingar Equestrian, the Mosstown contingent travelled to the event in confidence. In  the Advanced Primary Section, Mosstown's Emer O'Donnell and Ruth Harrison both qualified for the final of the SJ Championships, with Emer emerging victorious and being crowned Advanced Primary National Show Jumping Champion.

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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