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The nominees for the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year award have been revealed

It’s a tough call this year.

OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS ANNALISE Murphy and Paul O’Donovan are among 13 nominees in contention for the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year award.

Annalise Murphy with her silver medal Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The annual awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 17 December as Ireland’s sporting elite are recognised for their achievements over the last twelve months.

Murphy will be among the favourites to win the main award after claiming Olympic sailing silver in Rio in one of the highlights of the Irish sporting year.

The O’Donovan brothers provided another, and while Gary is a notable omission from the shortlist, Paul will be hotly-tipped to cap a stellar year after adding World Championship gold to his Olympic silver.

For the second successive year, Conor McGregor is in the running for the accolade while Paralympic road race champion Eoghan Clifford and tandem pair Eve McCrystal and Katie-George Dunlevy are recognised.

There are four GAA players included with Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan and Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton joined on the list by Kilkenny camogie star Denise Caule and Cork’s Brid Stack.

There is, however, no member of Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad named so Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan is the only footballer up for the award. Jamie Heaslip — a nominee for World Rugby Player of the Year — and boxer Carl Frampton make up the nominees.

Despite winning the Irish Open and the lucrative FedEx Cup, Rory McIlroy is overlooked having been on the shortlist in 2015.

Jamie Heaslip and Dane Coles Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The winner will be decided by public vote and you can cast your vote here.

The nominees for the Manager of the Year and Team of the Year awards will be announced at a later date.

2016 RTÉ Sport Person of the Year nominees:

  • Seamus Callanan
  • Eoghan Clifford
  • Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal
  • Brian Fenton
  • Carl Frampton
  • Denise Gaule
  • Jamie Heaslip
  • Daryl Horgan
  • Conor McGregor
  • Annalise Murphy
  • Paul O’Donovan
  • Bríd Stack

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