All-Stars

  • All-Ireland champions Galway lead the way with 14 nominations for the 2019 Camogie All-Stars.

    The final team will be announced at the 16th annual awards banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, in Citywest Hotel on Saturday 19 October.

    This year's winning team will also have the added incentive of the second All-Stars Tour to New York in November to look forward to, where they will be joined by the 2018 winners.

    Galway manager Cathal Murray is nominated for manager of the year after guiding the tribeswomen to glory.

    Galway All-Star nominees

    Goalkeepers: Sarah Healy (Galway)

    Full-back line: Sarah Dervan (Galway), Shauna Healy (Galway), Tara Kenny (Galway),

    Half-back line: Heather Cooney (Galway), Emma Helebert (Galway), Lorraine Ryan (Galway)

    Midfield: Aoife Donohue (Galway) Niamh Kilkenny (Galway),

    Half-forward line: Carrie Dolan (Galway),

    Full-forward line:), Noreen Coen (Galway), Catriona Cormican (Galway), Niamh Hanniffy (Galway), Ailish O'Reilly (Galway),

    Manager of the Year: Cathal Murray (Galway)

  • All Ireland champions Limerick have enjoyed a clean sweep in the PwC All Star Hurling nominations.

    All 15 of the team that started last month's final victory over Galway are shortlisted.

    It is only the second time since 1996 that has been achieved.

    The Tribesmen have nine nominees; Cork and Clare have seven and five.

    Joe Canning could become the first player to win successive  PwC GAA/GPA  Hurler of the Year awards.

    The Galway forward joins team mate Padraic Mannion and Limerick's Cian Lynch as the nominees.

    Kyle Hayes, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Mark Coleman are in the running to be named  PwC GAA/GPA  young Hurler of the Year.

    The winners will be announced on the 2nd of November.

    PwC All-Star Hurling Nominations

    GOALKEEPERS

    1. Anthony Nash, Cork
    2. Eoin Murphy, Kilkenny
    3. Nicky Quaid, Limerick

     

    DEFENDERS

    1. Mark Coleman, Cork
    2. Colm Spillane, Cork
    3. David McInerney, Clare
    4. Chris Crummey, Dublin
    5. Dáithí Burke, Galway
    6. Adrian Tuohy, Galway
    7. Aidan Harte, Galway
    8. Padraic Mannion, Galway
    9. Cillian Buckley, Kilkenny
    10. Padraig Walsh, Kilkenny
    11. Sean Finn, Limerick
    12. Mike Casey, Limerick
    13. Richie English, Limerick
    14. Diarmaid Byrnes, Limerick
    15. Declan Hannon, Limerick
    16. Dan Morrissey, Limerick
    17. Paudie Foley, Wexford
    18. Liam Ryan, Wexford

     

    MIDFIELDERS

    1. Colm Galvin, Clare
    2. Darragh Fitzgibbon, Cork
    3. David Burke, Galway
    4. James Maher, Kilkenny
    5. Cian Lynch, Limerick
    6. Darragh O’Donovan, Limerick

     

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    FORWARDS

    1. Peter Duggan, Clare
    2. John Conlon, Clare
    3. Shane O’Donnell, Clare
    4. Daniel Kearney, Cork
    5. Seamus Harnedy, Cork
    6. Pa Horgan, Cork
    7. Joe Canning, Galway
    8. Conor Whelan, Galway
    9. Cathal Mannion, Galway
    10. Jonathan Glynn, Galway
    11. TJ Reid, Kilkenny
    12. Kyle Hayes, Limerick
    13. Gearoid Hegarty, Limerick
    14. Tom Morrissey, Limerick
    15. Aaron Gillane, Limerick
    16. Seamus Flanagan, Limerick
    17. Graeme Mulcahy, Limerick
    18. Jason Forde, Tipperary

     

    PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year Nominees

    1. Joe Canning, Galway
    2. Padraic Mannion, Galway
    3. Cian Lynch, Limerick

     

    PwC GAA/GPA Young Player of the Year in Hurling Nominees

    1. Darragh Fitzgibbon, Cork
    2. Kyle Hayes, Limerick
    3. Mark Coleman, Cork
  • DUBLIN’S success in winning the League, Leinster and All-Ireland titles has been reflected in the final list of nominations in this year’s PwC All-Star Awards.

    The release today by the GAA and the GPA of the 45 best footballers of the 2018 season has yielded 12 nominations for Dublin who won their fourth senior title in a row.

    The nominations are divided into 3 goalkeepers, 18 defenders, 6 midfielders and 18 forwards. The final 15 that make up the PwC All-Star Football team of 2018 will be presented with their awards at a gala black-tie banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday, November 2, which will be screened live by RTE TV.

    Beaten All-Ireland finalists Tyrone received 7 nominations as have Galway and Monaghan. The remainder of the breakdown is Kildare and Donegal 3 each, Kerry 2 and Armagh, Carlow, Fermanagh and Laois receiving 1 each.

    The selection was voted on by a committee made up of GAA media, and chaired by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan.

    Also announced today is the short list for this year’s Footballer of the Year and Young Footballer of the Year award.

    These overall awards will be voted on exclusively by intercounty players and they will choose between Ciarán Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey and Brian Fenton (Dublin) for the senior prize.

    The shortlist for the Young Footballer of the Year prize is still confined to players under 21 and this year’s nominees are Brian Howard (Dublin), David Clifford (Kerry) and Michael McKernan (Tyrone).

     

     

    PwC All-Star Football Nominations

    GOALKEEPERS

    1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
    2. Graham Brody (Laois)
    3. Rory Beggan (Monaghan

     

    DEFENDERS

    1. Eoghan Bán Gallagher (Donegal)
    2. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)
    3. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)
    4. Eoin Murchan (Dublin)
    5. James McCarthy (Dublin)
    6. Che Cullen (Fermanagh
    7. Sean Kelly (Galway)
    8. Eoghan Kerin (Galway)
    9. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Galway)
    10. Gavin White (Kerry)
    11. Eoin Doyle (Kildare
    12. Karl O’Connell (Monaghan)
    13. Drew Wylie (Monaghan)
    14. Ryan Wylie (Monaghan
    15. Padraig Hampsey (Tyrone)
    16. Michael McKernan (Tyrone)
    17. Tiernan McCann (Tyrone
    18. Peter Harte (Tyrone)

     

    MIDFIELDERS

    1. Michael Murphy (Donegal)
    2. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
    3. Thomas Flynn (Galway)
    4. Niall Kearns (Monaghan)
    5. Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone)
    6. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

     

     

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    FORWARDS

    1. Rory Grugan (Armagh)
    2. Paul Broderick (Carlow)
    3. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)
    4. Niall Scully (Dublin)
    5. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)
    6. Brian Howard (Dublin)
    7. Paul Mannion (Dublin)
    8. Dean Rock (Dublin)
    9. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)
    10. Shane Walsh (Galway)
    11. Damien Comer (Galway)
    12. Ian Burke (Galway)
    13. David Clifford (Kerry)
    14. Daniel Flynn (Kildare)
    15. Paul Cribben (Kildare)
    16. Conor McManus (Monaghan)
    17. Ryan McAnespie (Monaghan)
    18. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

     

    Footballer of the Year Nominees

    1. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
    2. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)
    3. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

     

    Young Footballer of the Year Nominees

    1. Brian Howard (Dublin)
    2. David Clifford (Kerry)
    3. Michael McKernan (Tyrone)
  • Kiltimagh sisters Dayna and Hazel Finn have both been honored with the captaincy of the Ireland U20 and U16 basketball teams respectively.

    The Connaught Telegraph reports Dayna has been selected as vice-captain for the U20 ladies team, who head to Kosovo on the August bank holiday weekend for the European Championships.

    Dayna also plays football for the Mayo Ladies since receiving the call up to Peter Leahy's team last year.

    Her younger sister Hazel has been selected as captain for the Irish U16’s and won an All-star for her recent performance in Dussemann tournament.

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    There was yet more glory for All-Ireland champions Limerick this evening as they were awarded six places on the PwC All-Star hurling team of 2018, and star players Cian Lynch and Kyle Hayes were unveiled as the Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

    The Footballer of the Year Award winner is Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton, while Kerry’s teenage star David Clifford was crowned Young Footballer of the Year at the gala black tie event.

    It was a big night for the Treaty County. After defeating Galway to win their first Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1973, the six PwC All-Stars captured here brings their overall total to 53 hurling awards, and the 2018 tally is one better than the five awards they received when they defeated Kilkenny in the 1973 decider.

    Sean Finn, Richie English, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey dominate the defence, while Cian Lynch is named in midfield, with Graham Mulcahy completing the full forward line.

    Four other counties share in the awards with Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy picking up his second PwC All-Star for his goalkeeping heroics.

    Galway dual star Daithí Burke makes it a remarkable four in a row for All-Star awards at full back, while Hurler of the Year Nominee Galway’s Pádraic Mannion is named at wing back.

    Cork’s Darragh Fitzgibbon completes the midfield line up, with his Rebel County teammates Seamus Harnedy and Patrick Horgan named in the attack - where Horgan is now a three-time All-Star.

    Joe Canning is again named in the centre forward position and claims a staggering fifth career PwC All-Star in the process. Clare’s prolific duo of John Conlon and Peter Duggan complete the forward list.

    The PwC All-Star team was selected by a panel of senior Gaelic Games Correspondents and chaired by Uachtarán CLG John Horan.

    The overall Player of the Year Awards were voted on exclusively by inter-county players themselves.

    From the Patrickswell club, Cian Lynch’s tireless efforts and inspirational contributions were a key feature of a memorable summer for Limerick. The 22 year-old cemented his status as one of the marquee players in the game.

    At just 20 years of age, Kyle Hayes was one of the youngest members of the Limerick team under John  Kiely in 2018,  but the Kildimo Pallaskenry man repeatedly stepped up when needed and made a big impact in the All-Ireland final and is now Young Hurler of the Year.

    Named this week in the PwC All-Star Football team beside his clubmate Brian Howard, Raheny’s Brian Fenton holds the distinction of never having lost a senior Championship match, having made his Dublin debut at the start of their remarkable four in a row run in 2015. He has been ever present in midfield and has established himself as one of the most influential players in the game.

    From Fossa, David Clifford made his senior Championship debut this season at the tender age of 19 and carrying a weight of expectation after his stunning exploits at minor level. He made light work of that attention however, to make a seamless transition to the top flight, with his eye for scores setting him apart as something special and has landed him a PwC All-Star and Young Footballer of the Year.

     

    2018 PwC All-Stars Hurling

     

    Goalkeeper

     

    1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) Previous winner in 2016

     

    Defenders

     

    1. Sean Finn (Limerick)
    2. Daithí Burke (Galway) Previous winner in 2015/16/17
    3. Richie English (Limerick)
    4. Pádraic Mannion (Galway) Previous winner in 2017
    5. Declan Hannon (Limerick)
    6. Dan Morrissey (Limerick)

     

    Midfielders

     

    1. Cian Lynch (Limerick)
    2. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork)

     

    Forwards

     

    1. Peter Duggan (Clare)
    2. Joe Canning (Galway) Previous winner in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017
    3. Seamus Harnedy (Cork) Previous winner in 2013
    4. Patrick Horgan (Cork) Previous winner in 2013, 2017
    5. John Conlon (Clare)
    6. Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick)

     

     

    Breakdown

     

    Kilkenny 1

    Limerick 6

    Galway 3

    Clare 2

    Cork 3

     

    PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

    Hurling – Cian Lynch (Limerick)

    Young hurler of the year: Kyle Hayes (Limerick)


    Football – Brian Fenton (Dublin)

    Young footballer of the year: David Clifford (Kerry)

     

    McDonagh/Ring/Rackard/Meagher Players of the Year

    Lory Meagher – James Weir (Sligo)

    Nickey Rackard – Declan Coulter (Donegal)

    Christy Ring – Paddy McKenna (Kildare)

    Joe McDonagh – Edward Byrne (Carlow)

     

  • Two Mayo players have been picked on the Warwickshire Ladies Football All-Stars for 2018.

    Grainne Halligan (Claremorris) and Deirdre Doherty (Charlestown) both starred on the Roger Casements (Coventry) team which won the All-Britain junior championship this year.

    Grainne was selected at left half back and Deirdre was chosen at centre half-forward on the Warwickshire All-Stars team.