The 2016 GAA/GPA football All-Star team was announced a little earlier on this morning – this year’s it’s the hurlers’ turn to have team named live at the awards bash – and we have four players on the team. The four are David Clarke, Brendan Harrison, Lee Keegan and Colm Boyle.
David’s award – his first – is, for sure, a bittersweet one, in light of what happened in relation to his selection for the All-Ireland final replay and all that transpired afterwards in that match. It is, though, overdue recognition for a player who has performed so well for us for so many years. Brendan’s All-Star is also his first and it’s a first one too for Aghamore. Great day for the parish and for a player who was outstanding this year.
Lee’s award takes him into unchartered territory as he becomes the first Mayo player to win four All-Stars. Who’s to say he’s any way close to ending his haul yet? Colm joins a select group of Mayo players on three awards.
Overall, the share-out was six for Dublin, four for us, two for Tyrone and one each for Donegal, Kerry and Tipperary. The full list of winners is here.
The lads will be collecting their gongs at the awards ceremony tomorrow night. That might not be the only trophies heading the county’s way then either, as Lee Keegan and Diarmuid O’Connor are on the shortlist for the Footballer of the Year and Young Footballer of the Year awards respectively. The winners of both these awards will also be unveiled at tomorrow night’s do. Best of luck to both of them on that front.