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McClean scoops prestigious award

17 December 2017

ALBION's James McClean has ended 2017 with a special honour after being voted the Irish Sports Personality of the Year.

The award, a parallel version of the BBC's UK version which is presented by RTE, is decided by a public vote.

James picked up the award following a series of outstanding performances for his country in their World Cup qualification campaign.

His goal against Wales, which clinched Ireland's place in the play-offs, has come to be regarded as one of his nation's most famous.

James was presented with the award at his home on Saturday and said: "It means a lot. It's the Irish public voting for me and it's an award that covers not just football but all sports.

"It's something special for them to vote for me and something I'm immensely proud of."

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