Republic of Ireland and Liverpool legend Ray Houghton will be the special guest at the 2018 Roscommon Herald/SuperValu Sportstar of the Year awards banquet in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town, on Friday, February 1st.
Houghton was capped 73 times for his country, scoring two of the most famous goals in Ireland’s history — the winning goal against England at Euro ’88 and the goal that saw off Italy at the Giants Stadium during the 1994 World Cup.
He scored 28 goals during his 153 appearances for Liverpool, winning two league titles and FA Cups with the Reds. He also enjoyed spells at West Ham United, Fulham, Oxford United, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Reading.
Ray is currently an ambassador for the Football Association of Ireland.
“Of all the special guest we’ve had over the years, to have someone like Ray Houghton coming to Roscommon is a magnificent endorsement for these awards. Ray is an instantly recognisable sporting personality, and his presence will add some extra prestige to the night. We have a lot of young winners, and I hope they take great inspiration from meeting someone like Ray,” said Ian Cooney, Sports Editor, Roscommon Herald.
Tomás Rushe completes this year’s monthly winners list. Tomás was one of only four Irish qualifiers to compete at the World Juniors Darts Championship in Bristol.
One of the county’s brightest prospects, Tomás, who plays with Molly’s, Ballaghaderreen, competed over two days in December, winning two out of his four games on the second day. He qualified for Bristol by winning seven games at a qualifier in Galway.
The 16-year-old from Kilmovee didn’t make the knockout stages of the tournament, but being exposed to such an international stage against some of the best young darts players in the world will only fuel Tomás’ desire for further “big time” darts.
Marking his achievement in reaching the world championships, Roscommon Darts, Roscommon Youths Darts and Molly’s, Ballaghaderreen, made presentations to Tomás prior to his departure for England.
January: Convent of Mercy Cadette squad (volleyball).
February: Katie Heneghan (Scór na nÓg), St. Nathy’s senior football squad (Gaelic football).
March: Creggs junior rugby team (rugby); Aoife O’Rourke (boxing).
April: Conor Devaney (Gaelic football), Roscommon CBS senior golf team (golf).
May: Callum O’Brien (soccer).
June: Garvan Broughall (soccer).
July: Joanne Cregg (Ladies’ football).
August: Fiona Tully (handball).
September: Roscommon Masters team (Gaelic football).
October: Ciarán Lennon (Gaelic football); Lisa O’Rourke (boxing).
November: Aengus Lyons (Hurling/Gaelic football)
December: Tomás Rushe (darts).
Details of the Hall of Fame, Special Achievement and Outstanding Achievement winners will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
A limited number of tickets are on sale to the general public. Contact Roscommon Herald Sales Manager, Claire Morgan, on 086 2395156 for details.