The player of the year award for 2019 is Cathy Dunne.  Cathy has been very supportive of RILSA over the years and has been to the forefront of many of our events over the past season, having great results and a few close calls along the way. Having been runner up on 3 occasions this season in closely contested National Ranking events and again to reach the final of the Ladies National Championship for the 3rd season in a row, shows her tenacity and dedication to female cue sports.  Cathy’s position within RILSA is very much one of mutual respect from her peers.

Cathy first started playing in National events over 20 years ago and has represented Ireland on many occasions at both World and International events.  After winning the National Championship in 2004 she went on to have a number of wins on the International stage, the first again in 2004 against Cathy Pegg from Northern Ireland in the All Ireland Championship with a 3-1 win.  Her win in the 2015 Ladies Intermediate Irish Open was a great success for her.

Cathy came back in 2016 to reach the final of the Irish Open main event but was ousted by Ann McMahon in an all Irish final. She certainly deserves this award for all her dedication and commitment to female snooker here in Ireland as she has so much to offer to our organisation as we make progress in putting RILSA to the forefront of female cue sports in Ireland.