The official launch of the 2015 Donegal Sports Star Awards nominations took place on Monday evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel, supported by the presence of a number of past winners and representatives from sponsors Donegal County Council.
The special guest for the formal launch was the first woman to win the Overall Award in 1985 - Finn Valley Athlete Danea Herron.
Other past winners present included Finn Harps legend Jim Sheridan (1978 soccer), Donegal double Olympian Danny McDaid who took the athletics award three out of the first four years of the awards including taking the Overall Award in 1979.
Also present for the nominations launch were Billy McConnell, Raphoe (1976 hockey), Paddy Gallagher, Letterkenny (1985 rugby), Peter O'Donnell, Raphoe (boxing appreciation 2012). Margaret Cullen wife of the late Neil Cullen who sadly passed away last December was also present. Neil was the winner of an Appreciation Award for his services to juvenile athletics in 2007
The January event will be the 40th anniversary of the the Donegal Sport Star Awards.
The nomination deadline is Friday, November 27th.
As the committee will be selecting the 'Hall of Fame' winner no nominations are being sought in this category.
A brief summary only of the relevant sporting achievements will suffice. Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. Nominations can be done online from the nominations page at www.donegalsportsstarawards.ie/make-a-nomination and emailed to email@example.com or by completing a simple nomination form which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.
Only successes in 2015 are eligible for consideration when deciding on winners in the various categories. The only exception to this rule is the primary and second schools sections. Here it is sporting achievements during the academic year 2014/2015 which will be judged.
For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to the website donegalsportsstarawards.ie, twitter @DonegalSportsStars or on Facebook at DonegalsportsStarawards.