Right, the votes are in and counted and by a decisive margin the winner of this year’s Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year award is Diarmuid O’Connor. The flying wing-forward claimed 33% of the vote, with Tom Parsons next on 20%, Aidan O’Shea on 18% and Lee Keegan on 15%.
In truth, any of those four would have been worthy winners (Aidan got my vote) but it was obviously those barnstorming championship performances – capped by a superb MOTM display in last weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final replay against Dublin – that won it for Diarmuid. It was, all told, quite a breakthrough year for the young Ballintubber man, who having now succeeded older brother Cillian as the holder of this particular award, seems set also to emulate him later in the year when the GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year award is handed out.
Hearty congrats to Diarmuid and to all of our standout performers this year.