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James McClean wins RTE Sportsperson of the Year

West Brom and Republic of Ireland player James McClean has been named the 2017 RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year.

The Derry native picked up the award after his pivotal role in the World Cup qualification campaign that came up short against Denmark in the playoffs.

McClean scored one of Ireland's most famous goals when he netted to secure a 1-0 win away to Wales, which secured a playoff spot.

In other awards, swimmer Mona McSharry won RTÉ Young Sportsperson of the Year after claiming gold at the World Junior Swimming Championships, and after setting a new world record by training 26 Group 1 Winners in a calendar year, horse trainer Aidan O'Brien was named RTÉ Manager of the Year.

Ken Doherty was also given a Hall of Fame award to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his World Snooker Championship final victory against Stephen Hendry.

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