Philips Lighting Ireland named Stephen Kenny, Manager of Dundalk Football Club as the Philips Lighting Sports Manager of the Year 2016 in recognition of his superb achievements this year.
In what was a phenomenal year for Irish sport the judging panel, consisting of Ireland’s leading sports media, had a tough decision, with the achievements of Stephen Kenny rising to the fore.
Stephen Kenny joined Dundalk FC in 2012, when the club was at the bottom of the league and on the brink of extinction, and this year he has guided them to capture the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division for the third season in a row, as well as a superb run in the FAI Cup and in European Competitions.
In August, Kenny led Dundalk to a 3-1 aggregate win over BATE Borisov in the Champions League, leaving them just one win away from making the group stages of the competition.
Dundalk were narrowly beaten by Legia Warsaw in the final playoff round. However, they were already guaranteed a place in the Europa League group stages.
They were drawn with Zenit St. Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Dundalk began the group stages with an away tie at Alkmaar and became the first Irish club side ever to earn a point in the group stages of a European competition. This was followed by a historic 1-0 home win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Dundalk are still involved in the Europa League with their final group match against Maccabi Tel Aviv taking place tomorrow evening – Thursday December 8th.
Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, David Nicholl CEO Philips Lighting UK & Ireland, and Cel O’Reilly Managing Director of Philips Lighting Ireland, presented Stephen’s wife Siobhan, with the 2016 Award at a special luncheon in the Intercontinental Hotel Dublin.
Also in attendance were the other sports managers who had won monthly awards this year, representatives from Irish sporting bodies, the media and trade customers of Philips Lighting Ireland.