Outstanding Achievement award for rising St Brigid's star
The Outstanding Achievement award winner in the 2020 Westmeath Independent Sports Awards is St Brigid's footballer Ruaidhrí Fallon.
At the tender age of 17, Ruaidhrí played a key role in St Brigid's winning the 2020 Roscommon senior football title.
With a number of young guns in their ranks, St Brigid's took the championship by storm. And Ruaidhrí showed maturity beyond his years throughout the campaign, the wing-forward producing a man-of-the-match display in the semi-final win over Boyle.
The Kiltoom side went on to defeat 2019 champions Padraig Pearses in the final.
Ruaidhrí was part of the St Brigid's team which won the minor county title in 2020, their fifth in a row.
The Curraghboy teenager was also on the Roscommon under-20 team which reached last year's Connacht final and he's expected to feature prominently at that level again whenever GAA action finally begins this year.
Ruaidhrí has previously captained his school, Marist College, to Leinster juvenile football success and he is also a talented rugby player.
Now aged 18, Ruaidhrí has played for Buccaneers and Connacht at underage level and he won a Connacht Schools Junior Cup with the Marist.
A son of Emily (a native of Moate) and Willie Fallon, Ruaidhrí is a sixth year student at Marist College where he is currently preparing to sit the Leaving Cert. Ruaidhrí's uncles Pat and John Murray were prominent footballers for Moate All Whites and Westmeath, with John part of the St Brigid's management team last year led by Benny O'Brien.
The Westmeath Independent Sports Awards were broadcast online (due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions) last Friday night. The event was supported by the sponsorship of Action Physio, Byrne Carolan Cunningham Solicitors, Baysports and the Shamrock Lodge Hotel.
Click below to watch the awards ceremony, including an interview with Ruaidhrí Fallon: