Time for some light relief, I reckon. The list of nominees – 45 in all – for this year’s GAA/GPA Football All-Stars was released overnight and we’ve seven players on the list. Chris Barrett, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Tom Parsons, Diarmuid O’Connor, Aidan O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor all make this year’s shortlist. In addition, Diarmuid has, as expected, been nominated for the Young Player of the Year Award.
As is only right, Dublin lead the way this year with eleven nominations, while Kerry have eight, ourselves and Tyrone seven, Donegal five, Monaghan four and one each for Fermanagh, Laois and Westmeath.
Dublin are guaranteed the Player of the Year award, with Bernard Brogan, Jack McCaffrey and Philly McMahon the three nominees for this award while Diarmuid is up against last year’s recipient, Donegal’s Ryan McHugh, as well as Ryan Wylie of Monaghan for the Young Player award.
Well done to all of our lads who made the cut this year, in particular to Tom and Diarmuid, both of whom appear on the list for the first time.
The full list of the 2015 All-Star nominees is here.