BY KIERAN McCARTHY
CLONAKILTY dual minor GAA ace David Lowney is the 2015 Celtic Ross West Cork Youth Sports Star of the Year.
The talented GAA player made headlines earlier this year when he was selected as a dual Cork minor on the county football and hurling panels.
Lowney started in Cork’s Munster MHC quarter-final win (2-20 to 1-13) against Limerick in Páirc Uí Rinn in April, and he also started in the half-back line when the Rebels then lost to the Treaty County in the Munster MHC semi-final in twhe Gaelic Grounds in July.
For the Cork minor footballers, the Clonakility Community College student scored 1-1 in the Munster MFC victory (2-15 to 2-7) against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds in April, and he was on the Cork team that lost to Kerry (0-16 to 1-12) after extra time in the provincial semi-final in Tralee.
Lowney is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury but is expected to be back in time for Clonakilty Community College’s Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter-final against Rochestown on January 20th.
The up-and-coming Clonakilty dual star – who played on 11 teams in the past 12 months – is following in the footsteps of previous West Cork Youth Sports Star of the Year winners such as Connor Ellis (2014), Michael Cahalane (2013), Fionn Lyden (2012) and Lily de la Cour (2011).
Lowney will be presented with the coveted award at a gala banquet in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, on Saturday, January 9th, when the overall Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Year will be announced.
Also on the night, Skibbereen Rowing Club will receive the 2015 Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Club of the Year award while Munster Rugby Branch President Bertie Smith will receive the Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Hall of Fame award.