All Star Awards


Jim Gavin’s Senior Football Panel get the largest share on the 45 player short list for GAA GPA All Star Awards


There’s no better way to round of the inter county Football and Hurling Calendar than the PwC GAA GPA All Star and Player Of The Year Awards. And this year as a result of another season of Dublin dominance, as many as 12 of Jim Gavin’s panel have been shortlisted for awards.

Seamus Hickey, Chairman of the GPA told “As a player, this is one of the most special awards you can receive. We all know the hard work that is put in, not only through the championship season, but all year around and the winners of these awards are testament to that.”

Nominations for the All Stars are divided up into 3 Goalkeepers, 18 Defenders, 6 Midfielders, and 18 Forwards. From this the best 15 will be chosen.

Stephen Cluxton has been named as one of three Keeper nominations. Dublin take four of the eighteen defenders names with Jonny Cooper, Jack McCaffrey, Eoin Murchan and James McCarthy all getting the nod. Brian Fenton represents Dublin in the Midfield category. And the all of Dublin forward line have been selected. Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny, Brian Howard, Paul Mannion, Dean Rock and Con O’Callaghan all deserving of their place.

The rest of the pack

All Ireland Runners up Tyrone have had seven players selected, as have both Monaghan and Galway. Kildare and Donegal have three each, two nominations for Kerry and one each for Armagh, Carlow, Fermanagh and Laois.

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

Also announced earlier was 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 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


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


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)


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


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)