Leinster Rugby Star Sean O Brien from Ardristan, Tullow has been awarded the Talbot Hotel and KCLR96FM “Sporting Hero” award for May 2011.
Sean was at the forefront of Leinsters Heineken Cup campaign which resulted in the team lifting the trophy for the second time in three years on the 21st of May this year. His performances in the tournament also seen him being recognised as the top player in Europe picking up the ERC European Player of the Year Award. Sean also featured heavily in the Magners League campaign receiving a number of man of the match awards and won a number of caps for the Irish Rugby team during the Six Nations.
Although Sean has been in the rugby spotlight over the past season, he has maintained a firm grasp of his roots, spending his spare time helping out with teams and fundraising events at Tullow Rugby Club. He is regularly seen at the Black Gates helping out with everything from minis blitz’s to the J1’s campaign in the Leinster League and Towns Cup competitions. He is also involved with the Fighting Cocks GAA Club. By doing this he epitomises the spirit of the “Sporting Heroes” awards and has been deemed Mays winner.
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