This month we’ve got news on Katie Taylor and Mona McSharry, Norway signs a historic equal pay deal for it’s International soccer players plus news on rugby, camogie, soccer, equestrian and more.
Kilmessan capitalised on their second bite of the cherry to become All-Ireland Junior Club Camogie champions for the second time after a strong second half performance against a resolute Clanmaurice at Silvermines. Kilmessan (Meath) 0-9 : Clanmaurice (Kerry) 0-5
All Ireland Club Football Championship
Cork outfit Aghada claimed a historic All-Ireland Junior Club Football title in early December. Aghada (Cork) 2-6 : Corduff (Monaghan) 0-3
After winning the All-Ireland junior title in 2015, Dunboyne added the intermediate crown to their cabinet with a one-point win over Kinsale. Dunboyne (Meath) 2-13 : Kinsale (Cork) 2-12
Mayo’s Carnacon overcame an unlucky Mourneabbey to claim the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship for the sixth time. Carnacon (Mayo) 0-15 : Mourneabbey (Cork) 1-10.
Liberty Insurance Brand Ambassador, Annalise Murphy has enjoyed a welcome break from the Volvo Ocean Race having been drawn as first of the team from “Turn the Tide on Plastic” to rest up as part of the race protocol. She has rejoined her team mates in Australia this month for the 4th leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong. She will be a key team member for the remaining months at sea ahead as they race across the oceans of the world.
World Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor has extended her professional boxing record to 8-0 after outlasting American Jessica McCaskill in a stern 10-round examination at York Hall in London.
McCaskill had been expected to be Taylor's toughest test to date, and so it proved, with the American landing a few big shots of her own in between Taylor's flurries.
The American looked strong in the middle rounds in particular but Taylor finished stronger to ultimately record a unanimous decision victory, 97-92, 97-92, 98-91.
Mona McSharry capped an incredible year in the pool at the European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen, setting a new Irish Record and placing fifth in the 100m Breaststroke. An outstanding performance from the 17-year-old saw her just two tenths of a second away from the bronze medal in an Irish record time of 1:05.01, breaking her own record of 1:05.27, in what was her first final at senior international level.
Munster regained the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship crown by the very narrowest of margins after defeating two-in-a-row title hunters Leinster 11-5 at Thomond Park on the final day of the Championship. With Munster and Leinster finishing with two victories and 10 Championship points apiece, it was the Reds who were crowned champions thanks to their +29 scoring differential. Connacht finished in a credible 3rd place on 9 points whilst Ulster propped up the table in 4th.
Former World Rugby Player of the Year nominee Sophie Spence has announced her retirement from international rugby. The powerful second row made her debut for Ireland in 2012 before helping Philip Doyle’s side to a Grand Slam success and a Six Nations Championship either side of the sensational World Cup display in 2014 that included the historic victory over the Black Ferns.
Leading horse trainer Jessica Harrington was been crowned The Irish Times / Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2017.
A memorable year for the Co Kildare based trainer saw Sizing John – ridden by local jockey Robbie Power – gallop to victory in the Irish Gold Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup. It’s the first time a horse has won all three races in the same year.
Norway's national team captains Maren Mjelde and Stefan Johansen signed the first agreement that guarantees equal pay for national teams. It’s the first deal of it’s kind in soccer and paves the way for equality in pay across the sport.
Next month we bring you more updates on Annalise Murphy as she sails from Melbourne to Hong Kong, Camogie and Football updates plus some 6 Nations build up for the Irish Team.