Top 5 Irish Breakthrough Sports Stars Of 2016
November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at thesharpe.com have put together our top 5 breakthrough sports stars of 2016.

The O’Donovan Brothers

The O’Donovan Brothers

Ireland’s Olympic rowing heroes stole the hearts of the nation with their exceptional performance both inside and outside of the boat during this year’s Rio Olympics. While they powered their way to a silver medal, they also became crowd favourites with a string of made up phrases, fun loving antics and general tomfoolery in front of the camera. Following on from the Olympics, Paul also went on to win a gold in the u23 World Championships just a fortnight later which only added to the craze surrounding Ireland’s two new favourite sons.

CJ Stander

CJ Stander
Already a favourite in Munster, Stander was given the opportunity to wear the green and white of Ireland this year. His ball carrying and tackling were one of the highlights of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign and he cemented his place in future squads with his performances. The South African born 26 year old was named as Man of the Match in his debut which endeared him to the Irish fans who were not of a Munster persuasion.

Austin Gleeson

Austin Gleeson
Having already stamped his authority as a big player for Waterford last season, this is the year that Austin Gleeson made sure that he was known as THE player for Waterford. His ball winning and aerial ability set him aside from most players in the game as he is the most consistent catcher of the ball seen in hurling in years. Having led Waterford to both a league final and All Ireland Semi Final this year, who knows what lies ahead for the man who was just recently named both Hurler and Young Hurler of the year ahead of All Ireland winners Paudie Maher and Seamie Callanan (Tipperary).

Daryl Horgan

daryl-horgan
If you’re one of the diehards who still follows the League of Ireland religiously, then it is possibly no surprise for you to see Daryl Horgan in the Republic of Ireland squad now. The Damien Duff lookalike has been integral in Dundalk’s dominance of Irish football lately and their astounding European run so far this season. The winger has scored big goals at home and abroad for the League of Ireland champions and has been rewarded with a place in Martin O’Neill’s squad alongside Andy Boyle. A move across the Irish Sea is surely only a matter of when and not if for Horgan.

Michael Quinlivan

Michael Quinlivan

It was a fairytale year for Tipperary football. While they were never going to hit the heights that their hurling counterparts did, in winning the All Ireland, it was still a massive achievement for a widely regarded hurling county to get all the way to the AI semi final. One of the key men behind that run was Michael Quinlivan who played on the edge of the square. The lively forward was Tipperary’s talisman and was rightly awarded with an All Star for the year. The Premier County also contested the Munster final this year and will hope to build for next year. Players like 23 year old Quinlivan are key to their future.

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Top 5 Irish Breakthrough Sports Stars Of 2016
November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at thesharpe.com have put together our top 5 breakthrough sports stars of 2016.

The O’Donovan Brothers

The O’Donovan Brothers

Ireland’s Olympic rowing heroes stole the hearts of the nation with their exceptional performance both inside and outside of the boat during this year’s Rio Olympics. While they powered their way to a silver medal, they also became crowd favourites with a string of made up phrases, fun loving antics and general tomfoolery in front of the camera. Following on from the Olympics, Paul also went on to win a gold in the u23 World Championships just a fortnight later which only added to the craze surrounding Ireland’s two new favourite sons.

CJ Stander

CJ Stander
Already a favourite in Munster, Stander was given the opportunity to wear the green and white of Ireland this year. His ball carrying and tackling were one of the highlights of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign and he cemented his place in future squads with his performances. The South African born 26 year old was named as Man of the Match in his debut which endeared him to the Irish fans who were not of a Munster persuasion.

Austin Gleeson

Austin Gleeson
Having already stamped his authority as a big player for Waterford last season, this is the year that Austin Gleeson made sure that he was known as THE player for Waterford. His ball winning and aerial ability set him aside from most players in the game as he is the most consistent catcher of the ball seen in hurling in years. Having led Waterford to both a league final and All Ireland Semi Final this year, who knows what lies ahead for the man who was just recently named both Hurler and Young Hurler of the year ahead of All Ireland winners Paudie Maher and Seamie Callanan (Tipperary).

Daryl Horgan

daryl-horgan
If you’re one of the diehards who still follows the League of Ireland religiously, then it is possibly no surprise for you to see Daryl Horgan in the Republic of Ireland squad now. The Damien Duff lookalike has been integral in Dundalk’s dominance of Irish football lately and their astounding European run so far this season. The winger has scored big goals at home and abroad for the League of Ireland champions and has been rewarded with a place in Martin O’Neill’s squad alongside Andy Boyle. A move across the Irish Sea is surely only a matter of when and not if for Horgan.

Michael Quinlivan

Michael Quinlivan

It was a fairytale year for Tipperary football. While they were never going to hit the heights that their hurling counterparts did, in winning the All Ireland, it was still a massive achievement for a widely regarded hurling county to get all the way to the AI semi final. One of the key men behind that run was Michael Quinlivan who played on the edge of the square. The lively forward was Tipperary’s talisman and was rightly awarded with an All Star for the year. The Premier County also contested the Munster final this year and will hope to build for next year. Players like 23 year old Quinlivan are key to their future.

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