Athletics Association of Ireland National Juvenile Committee.

Emerald Crystal Juvenile Star Awards Banquet 2016

18 February 2017 at the Tullamore Court Hotel

Cian McPhillips was recognised by the Athletics Association of Ireland National Juvenile Committee for his excellent performance throughout the year when he won the Emerald Crystal Juvenile Star Award 2016 for Longford at the Annual National Juvenile Banquet at the Tullamore Court Hotel last Saturday.  

The Juvenile Star Awards began in 2000 to recognise and celebrate individual achievement at National level of Irish juvenile athletes aged U15-U18 in each county. The early years saw Paul Brady 1999, Elizabeth Brady 2000, 2001& 2002 and Claire Collins 2004 receive the Award for Longford. It is over 12 years since a Longford athlete has been recognised so the Longford Athletic Club was delighted when it was announced that accomplished juvenile athlete Cian McPhillips from Ardagh would be receiving the Emerald Crystal Award for 2016.

Cian, a 2nd year student at Moyne Community School, has been a member of Longford AC since he was ten years old. He won a total of 8 All-Ireland Gold medals when he was U12 and U14 in both indoor and outdoor National finals in 600m, 800, 1500m and cross country. The Emerald Crystal Juvenile Star Award for 2016 recognised Cian’s achievements over the past year in the U15 category winning two All-Ireland Bronze in both the indoor and outdoor 800m, and in December he became the National Champion winning the U15 Boys 3500m cross country.

The McPhillips family as well as several of the Juvenile coaches from Longford AC thoroughly enjoy the night listening to Special Guest speakers, Svein Arne Hansen, President of European Athletics, and Rio Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty, women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Cian McPhillips with Longford Athletic Club Juvenile Coaches Paddy McPhillips, Caitriona Hayden, Leslie Finnan & Donal Mulligan after he was presented with the Emerald Crystal Juvenile Star Award 2016 for Longford at the National Juvenile Banquet on 18th February 2017 at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Congratulations to Cian McPhillips on winning the Emerald Crystal Juvenile Star Award 2016 for Longford at the National Juvenile Banquet held in Tullamore on Feb 18th, 2017. He is pictured here with his parents Paddy and Laura and his younger sister Sarah.

The National Juvenile Awards Banquet was held on February 18th at the Tullamore Court Hotel. Athletics Ireland recognises the upcoming juvenile talent in each county, presenting the Emerald Crystal Juvenile Star Award for performance at All-Ireland level.