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The man who ran around the world and other under-the-radar Irish athletes set for recognition

Derek Cullen, Mike O’Shea and Sinead Kane are among those nominated at the Outsider People of the Year awards.

Tony Mangan completed his run around the world in 2014 (file pic).
Tony Mangan completed his run around the world in 2014 (file pic).
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THE OUTSIDER MAGAZINE People of the Year Awards take place on Thursday, with a number of Ireland’s lesser-known athletes set to be recognised for their achievements in 2014.

The ceremony takes place at the Generator, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, and the nominees include…

  • Liberties man Tony Mangan (57) who recently completed his four-year-long 50,000km run around the world. 
  • 43-year-old Jade O’Connor, Ireland’s top kiteboard race, who was crowned British Ladies Champion in 2014. 
  • Derek Cullen, a 32-year-old from Firhouse, Tallaght, who had literally no cycling experience this time last year. He subsequently cycled 12,500km from Cape Town to Cairo and then home through France and the UK.
  • Kerry man Mike O’Shea (45) became the first person to fly the 590km from Mizen Head to Malin Head by paramotor, travelling at heights of up to 10,000 feet with temperatures reaching below zero.
  • Sinead Kane from Youghal, Co Cork, who became the first blind woman to complete the Dublin marathon in a time of 4.01.
  • Liam Delahunty from Waterford, came first, second and third respectively in WAR Lough Dan adventure race, MOXY adventure race, WAR Sugar Loaf and the Dingle Adventure Race. An incredible performance from a man diagnosed with MS eight years ago. In 2014, Liam also reached his target of 24 adventure races in 18 months.
  • Westmeath native Orla Doolin (28) only started snowboarding when she was 21. Seven years later, she’s now Ireland’s top rider competing in slopestyle and railjam contests. In 2014, she triumphed at the US/Canada Transworld Snowboarding Transam competition.

Outsider is inviting members of the public to attend the award ceremony. Tickets are available by emailing info@outsider.ie and cost €10. For more info, visit www.outsider.ie.

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