SPOTY 2015: Michael O’Neill and AP McCoy honoured at BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

Michael O'Neill on stage with presenter Gary Lineker
Michael O'Neill on stage with presenter Gary Lineker

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill was presented with the Coach of the Year Award at Sunday night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

O’Neill – who guided Northern Ireland to a first-ever European Championship – received his award from Portrush golf star Graeme McDowell and Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis.

Northern Ireland lost only once on route to top their group en route to booking their place in France next summer.

The former Shamrock Rovers manager will lead his nation in France as they compete in their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to AP McCoy.

McCoy was Champion Jockey for every season of his 20-year professional career before retiring in April 2015 having ridden over 4,300 jump racing winners.

Golfer Rory McIlroy presented the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner with his award to go alongside the many other prestigious triumphs from his career, which include the Grand National, two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles, and the Champion Chase.

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