Thomas Barr Irish athlete of year after World University title

Thomas Barr delighted with 2015 season as he wins Irish award

Thomas Barr has been named as the Irish athlete of 2015 following his triumph at this year's World University Games.

The Waterford man clinched the award after a year which also saw him improve his Irish national record to a world-class 48.65 seconds.

Barr edged out Robert Heffernan and European Indoor silver medallist Mark English for the top award.

Former World Indoor 3,000m champion Frank O'Mara was inducted into Athletics Ireland's hall of fame.

Barr lowered his Irish 400m hurdles record from 48.90 to 48.65 this season which left him 12th in the world rankings as he narrowly missed out on a place at the World Championship final in Beijing.

In addition to winning the main award, Barr was also named track and field plus university athlete of 2015.

Walker Heffernan produced a solid defence of his 50km walk title at the World Championships as he placed fifth while English had another successful year as he won silver at the European Indoor tests in March.

Dick Hodgins won the lifetime achievement award for volunteers after several decades of service at the Cork City Sports with Donegal outfit Finn Valley picking up the development club award.

Irish Athletics awards

Athlete of the Year: Thomas Barr (Ferrybank)

Hall of Fame: Frank of Mara

Lifetime Service: Dick Hodgins (Cork City Sports)

Outstanding Official: John McDermott (Annalee)

Junior Athlete: Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis)

U23 Athlete: Mark English (UCD)

Endurance: Robert Heffernan (Togher)

Track & Field: Thomas Barr

Inspirational Performance: Brian Murphy (Crusaders)

Performance Club: Clonliffe Harriers

Development Club: Finn Valley

Team of the Year: Ireland's senior women's Euro Cross Country

Service to coaching: John Shields (Clonliffe)

Mountain Runner: Ian Conroy (Raheny)

Master Athlete: Mick Traynor (Raheny)

Ultra Athlete: Eoin Keith (Sportsworld)

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