Katie Taylor wins RTÉ Sportswoman of the Year award for the third time
The star-studded event, hosted by Jacqui Hurley, Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Ruby Walsh, was a celebration of a brilliant year for Irish sport
Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor was crowned RTÉ Sport’s Sportswoman of the Year for the third time.
The champion remains undefeated in all 22 professional fights, adding two more victories this year, first at the iconic Madison Square Garden with a career-defining victory over great rival Amanda Serrano and then Argentina’s Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in London. The epic clash with Serrano made history as the first ever female fight to headline at the Garden, then further broke records when it reached an audience of 1.5 million on DAZN to become a record-breaking night for the sport.
36-year-old Taylor joined the ceremony via live satellite broadcast, while her older brother, Dr. Peter Taylor Jr., accepted the award on her behalf.
“I really wish I could have been there,” said Taylor, who joined the ceremony via live satellite broadcast. “I am very grateful. This year has been a particularly exceptional one for Irish sport.”
Raidió Teilifís Éireann, better known by its acronym RTÉ, is the largest public broadcasting corporation in the Republic of Ireland.
RTÉ was founded in December 1960, although Irish public radio began broadcasting in 1926. It is a corporation controlled through a council appointed by the Irish Government.
It is the third time the Bray boxer has won the award after also winning it in 2012 and 2020.
Rowing duo Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy were crowned the RTE Sport Team of the Year.
The RTE Sport Manager of the Year went to Vera Pauw after she led Ireland to World Cup qualification, while sprint sensation Rhasidat Adeleke was named the RTE Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year.
Finally, Cork GAA legend Jimmy Barry-Murphy was inducted into the RTE Sport Hall of Fame.