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Howth’s Eve McMahon is UCD’s 2024 Sportsperson of the Year

20th May 2024
Eve McMahon, pictured here racing in 2022, was named Sportsperson of the Year at the UCD Athletic Union Council Sports Awards on Thursday 16 May
Eve McMahon, pictured here racing in 2022, was named Sportsperson of the Year at the UCD Athletic Union Council Sports Awards on Thursday 16 May Credit: Thom Touw

Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon is UCD’s 2024 Sportsperson of the Year, as announced at the UCD Athletic Union Council Sports Awards last Thursday (16 May).

The BComm International student and ILCA 6 sailor receives the award for her phenomenal success in 2023 which included winning the U21 World Championships and securing a place at the 2024 Paris Olympics this summer.

McMahon, who was recently honoured as Irish Sailor of the Year and shortlisted for 2023 RTÉ Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year, was one of over 400 students from 28 different sports clubs that had their outstanding achievements recognised in the AUC awards.

The UCD Athletic Union Council Sports Awards were presented at the UCD Student Centre on Thursday 16 MayThe UCD Athletic Union Council Sports Awards were presented at the UCD Student Centre on Thursday 16 May

Among them were the UCD Ladies & Men’s Boat Clubs who received the Elite Club of the Year award in recognition of their equally outstanding achievements in rowing. The UCD Men’s Boat Senior 8+ Crew were singled out as Elite Team of the Year.

In other watersport-related awards, the Club Event of the Year gong went to the Sailing Intervarsities, Graduate of the Year is Barry O’Connor of UCD Boat Clubs, and UCD Canoe Club was named as Varsity Club of the Year. Team

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Age: 20
World Ranking: 12th (best to date)
Olympic Ranking: 12th
Hometown: Howth, Dublin
Club: Howth YC
Coach: Rory Fitzpatrick

When she was younger, Eve followed in the footsteps of her two older brothers (Ewan and Jamie) and started summer sailing courses in Howth YC at the age of just 7. Although new enough to the senior circuit she started training alongside senior athletes long before this Olympic cycle. She worked as both Anne-Marie Rindom’s DEN (Tokyo Olympic Gold medallist) and Annalise Murphy’s IRL, official training partner for the Tokyo Olympic cycle.

So, it is no surprise that after finishing her time in the youth fleet with a Triple Crown, McMahon then went on to qualify Ireland in the ILCA 6 fleet for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. McMahon would like to be the most successful Irish female, ILCA 6 sailor ever and be a figurehead for women in sport, especially sailing.

  • Paris 2024 Team Ireland Olympian
  • 2023 U21 ILCA 6 World Champion
  • 2022 Youth ILCA 6 World Sailing Champion
  • 2022 Youth ILCA 6 European Championship
  • 2021 ILCA 6 Youth World Championship
  • 2021 U19 Silver Medallist European Championships
  • Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year 2019, 2020 and 2021, 2022 and 2023

Eve was also awarded Afloat’s Sailor of the Year 2023 as well as UCD’s Sportsperson of the Year and was nominated for RTE’s Young Sportsperson of the Year. She is from from Howth Co. Dublin, and on being selected for the Irish Olympic Team she is one of Team Ireland’s Paris Scholars studying International Commerce at UCD.

Eve additionally had the unique opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame on the initial stages of its journey landing in Marseille, France, where she will be competing this summer, on its route to the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Eve McMahon's 2021 sailing achievements

  • Irish Sailor of the Year 2021
  • Gold Medallist Youth World Championships Italy Highest Ranked Irish Female 
  • Star Sailors league Silver medal at the Youth European Championships Croatia Gold medallist U19,
  • Silver medallist U21 Senior European Championships Bulgaria Race win Senior European Championships Bulgaria
  • Selected Paris 2024 Olympic Solidarity Scholarship Sport Ireland
  • 15th Senior European Championships Bulgaria, 1st Irish Female, securing Sport Ireland Carding.
  • Youth ISAF World Representative Oman, equivalent to Youth Olympic in sailing,
  • 4th overall Guinness World Record Participant Beach Clean up -
  • Oman Gold medallist U19 Allianz World Cup Netherlands
  • Gold medallist U23 Lanzarote International Regatta 4th
  • U21 European Championships Montenegro
  • Nominated for Irish Sailor of The Year
  • Bronze medallist Connaught's Wexford
  • 9th Silver Fleet European Continental Qualification
  • 5th Pre-Qualifciation regatta Lanzarote