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Cian Lynch of Limerick with his PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year award for 2021 at RTÉ Studios in Dublin. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Cian Lynch of Limerick with his PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year award for 2021 at RTÉ Studios in Dublin. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Limerick hurler Cian Lynch has been shortlisted for the RTE Sportsperson of the Year

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Hurler Cian Lynch of Limerick with his PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year award for 2021 at RTÉ Studios in Dublin. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Limerick hurler Cian Lynch has been shortlisted for the RTE Sportsperson of the Year

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

hurler cian lynch Cian was also part of the 2021 PwC All-Stars Hurling Team

Cian was also part of the 2021 PwC All-Stars Hurling Team

Limerick’s hurler Cian Lynch has been shortlisted for the RTE Sportsperson of the Year 2021.

This year, the Patrickswell player has already won Hurler of the Year for a second time as well as the PwC GAA-GPA Player of the Year, alongside Tyrone’s Kieran McGeary.

Cian is the second player after Henry Shefflin (who won three times) to win Hurler of the Year more than once

He won Hurler of the Year for the first time in 2018 after proving to be instrumental in Limerick winning the Liam MacCarthy Cup that year, and this year showed that he is only getting better after the Limerick team claimed their third All-Ireland title in fours years after defeating Cork in the decider and won Man of the Match.

Joining hurler Cian Lynch on the RTE Sportsperson of the Year 2021 shortlist is female jockey Rachel Blackmore, boxers Kellie Harrington and Katie Taylor, swimmer Ellen Keane, golfer Leona Maguire, sprint runner Jason Smyth, and footballer Vikki Wall. 

Criteria for nominees include consideration for a sportsperson who has won a medal or Championship at an international level, consideration for a sportsperson who has been outstanding within a team that has won something or a team that has significantly over-achieved, and consideration of the impact of the sportspersons achievements has on the nation. 

The RTE Sportsperson of the Year 2021 will be judged by Group Head of Sport at RTÉ Sport Declan McBennett, Sports Writer for the Sunday Times Denis Walsh, Deputy Head Radio Sports and News at RTÉ Sport Donagh McGrath, Journalist at the Irish Times Joanne O’Riordan, Chief Sports Writer at the Irish daily Star Kieran Cunningham, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport Mary O’Connor, Editor at RTÉ Sport Output on Digital Platforms Mikey Stafford, Group Resource and Commissions Manager at RTÉ Sport Paula Fahy, Executive Producer of the RTÉ Sport Awards Ryan McCann, Programme Editor of the RTÉ Sport Awards Sean Blackwell, and Chief Sports Writer at the Irish Daily Mail and Irish Mail on Sunday Shane McGrath. 

The RTE Sportsperson of the Year 2021 awards will take place on Saturday, December 18 on RTÉ1 and will be presented by Joanne Cantwell and Darragh Maloney. 

For more about the RTE Sportsperson of the Year go HERE 

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