The Leinster Rugby team and Brian O’Driscoll have been short-listed in their respective team and individual categories for the RTE Sports Awards which take place this Sunday evening…

The winners will be presented with their awards at The RTÉ Sports Awards 2009 which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, this Sunday 20 December at 9.30pm. 

Presented by Michael Lyster, Darragh Maloney and Des Cahill, the live show will review what was a wonderful year for Irish athletes and teams and look back on the dramatic and memorable sporting moments of 2009.

The RTÉ Sports Person of the Year shortlist: 

Rory McIlroy (Golf)
John Oxx (Horse racing)
Katie Taylor (Boxing)
Brian Cody (Hurling)
Olive Loughnane (Athletics)
Brian O’Driscoll (Rugby)
Shane Lowry (Golf)
Bernard Dunne (Boxing)
Paul Galvin (Gaelic Football)

RTÉ Sports Team of the Year shortlist:

Kilkenny Hurling Team
Leinster Rugby Team
Team Ireland A1 GP Team
Cork Ladies’ Football Team
Bohemian Football Club
Irish International Rugby Team
Kerry Football Team
The team behind Sea The Stars

The winners will be selected by a panel of RTÉ sports journalists and broadcasters and will be announced live on the night.

The awards ceremony will also see the honour of the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council’s Hall of Fame Award presented to a very deserving Irish sporting veteran.