Katie Taylor celebrates on her way to winning the 2014 AIBA Elite Women’s World Boxing Championships in Korea. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

KATIE Taylor was honoured with her fourth Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year award recently following another excellent year.

She recently landed her fifth world championship title in Jeju, Korea, adding to a record sixth European title claimed earlier in the year in Bucharest.
Speaking after her win, Taylor said: “I’m honoured and delighted to be named the Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year 2014. This has been an amazing year for me and for Irish women in sport and I would like to congratulate all the finalists in their respective fields who have excelled at major sporting events.
“Whether it’s Fiona Coghlan or Maria McCambridge or Chloe Mustaki or Briege Corkery, all the finalists have played a huge part in gaining much needed recognition for females in sports.
“It is wonderful to have an award like this as it recognises Irish sports women and the amazing achievements that have brought us all here.”
She was among a number of players with Peamount United connections to be honoured on the night having previously played with the Greenogue club.
Stephanie Roche received her award in recognition of the glittering goal she scored for Peamount against Wexford youths in October 2013. The goal was only nominated this year for Fifa’s Puskas Goal of the Year Award and made it to the final three.
Roche who now plays with French Division 1 team ASPTT Albi, was unable to attend the ceremony
Mustaki also played with Peamount previously but is now with UCD. She captained the Irish Under-19 team to the semi-finals of the European Championships, in Norway where they lost to eventual champions the Netherlands. They beat higher ranked Spain, England, and Sweden in their debut in the competition.
She was presented with her award by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring and by the editor of The Irish Times, Kevin O’Sullivan, at the awards ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel.
O’Sullivan said the award winners represented a golden generation in Irish sport and served as role models for every aspiring athlete.
“Here we have some of the greatest talents who have ever represented their sports, their families, their counties and their country. They are the true essence of sporting achievement and carry their success with a mixture of humility, honesty and style,” he said.