Dublin Dominate Football All Star And Player Of The Year Award Nominations

Dublin’s James McCarthy (Left), Stephen Cluxton (centre) and Brian Fenton (right) are among the 13 Dublin players nominated for a 2019 Football All Star award

Five in a row history makers Dublin have been rewarded with thirteen players in the 2019 list of nominees for the PwC All Star football awards.

Dublin also dominate the nominees for the GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year for the second year in a row, with Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton, half-back Jack McCaffrey and centre forward Con O’Callaghan the players to be voted on by their fellow peers.

The bakers dozen of Dublin players among the 45 nominees are Stephen Cluxton, David Byrne, Jack McCaffrey, James McCarthy, Mick Fitzsimons, John Small, Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh Macauley, Ciarán Kilkenny, Brian Howard, Paul Mannion, Dean Rock and Con O’Callaghan.

In total there are nominees from 11 different counties, beaten All Ireland finalists Kerry have nine players nominated and Donegal have six players down for consideration for a Football All Star.

The full breakdown of nominees per county are Dublin 13, Kerry 9, Donegal 6, Mayo 4, Tyrone 3, Meath 3, Armagh 2, Roscommon 2, Cavan, Clare, and Cork 1 each.

Players from around the country will also be asked to vote on who they believe is the Young Player of the Year with the shortlist comprising of Kerry duo David Clifford and Sean Ó Shea and Armagh’s Rian O’Neill.

Congratulating the list of nominees, Uachtarán CLG John Horan said:

“To be chosen as one of the stand out performers in what was a special Gaelic football season is a major honour and I congratulate all of those who have made this distinguished shortlist.

“I am delighted to see so many counties deservedly represented and while it is a significant individual achievement, it is also a source of immense pride shared by the families and clubs to which all of these star players belong.

“My thanks to PwC for their support and commitment to the institution that is the GAA GPA All-Stars scheme.”

Paul Flynn, Chief Executive of the GPA said:

“Congratulations to all of the footballers who have been nominated for PwC All-Star Awards for 2019. It’s been another fantastic year on the pitch for all of the nominees.

“I know from personal experience what a huge honour it is to receive an All-Star and it’s important we recognise the talent that these players have and worked hard for.”

PwC Managing Partner, Feargal O’Rourke added:

“I would like to congratulate each of the nominees on the stellar performances they have put in over the course of the year. Their hard work and sacrifice allowed us as supporters to enjoy a fascinating championship.

“We are delighted in PwC to be involved in recognising that commitment and celebrate what has been another fantastic year in the football championship.”

The PwC All-Stars are chosen by a committee made up of members of the national broadcast, print and digital media.

The final selection of 15 players will be made late next month and all players will be honoured at a gala black tie banquet at Dublin’s Concention Centre on Friday, November 1 which will be shown live on RTÉ TV.

2019 PwC/GAA Football All Star Nominees:

Goalkeepers

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

2. Shaun Patton (Donegal)

3. Shane Ryan (Kerry)

Defenders

1. David Byrne (Dublin)

2. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

3. James McCarthy (Dublin)

4. Mick Fitzsimons (Dublin)

5. John Small (Dublin)

6. Paul Murphy (Kerry)

7. Tadhg Morley (Kerry)

8. Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)

9. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

10. Paddy Durcan (Mayo)

11. Chris Barrett (Mayo)

12. Stephen McMenamin (Donegal)

13. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

14. Donal Keogan (Meath)

15. Conor McGill (Meath)

16. Conor Moynagh (Cavan)

17. Ronan McNamee (Tyrone)

18. Niall Daly (Roscommon)

Midfielders

1. Brian Fenton (Dublin)

2. Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

3. David Moran (Kerry)

4. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)

5. Jarlath Óg Burns (Armagh)

6. Bryan Menton (Meath)

Forwards

1. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)

2. Brian Howard (Dublin)

3. Paul Mannion (Dublin)

4. Dean Rock (Dublin)

5. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

6. David Clifford (Kerry)

7. Paul Geaney (Kerry)

8. Seán O’Shea (Kerry)

9. Stephen O’Brien (Kerry)

10. Jamie Brennan (Donegal)

11. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

12. Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

13. Cathal McShane (Tyrone)

14. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

15. Conor Cox (Roscommon)

16. Rian O’Neill (Armagh)

17. Brian Hurley (Cork)

18. Jamie Malone (Clare)

County By County Breakdown:

Dublin 13, Kerry 9, Donegal 6, Mayo 4, Tyrone 3, Meath 3, Armagh 2, Roscommon 2, Cavan 1, Clare 1, Cork 1.

GAA GPA Player of the Year 2019 Nominees

1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

2. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

3. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

GAA GPA Young Player of the Year 2019 Nominees

1. David Clifford (Kerry)

2. Seán O’Shea (Kerry)

3. Rian O’Neill (Armagh)