The 2016 GAA GPA All Star awards were held last Friday night in the Convention Centre in Dublin. Once again Mayo GAA were well represented at this years Awards. In total four Mayo players were awarded All Stars in football and three in Hurling as well as winning player of the year award in both football and the Nicky Rackard in hurling and young player of the year in football.
Mayo football 2016 GAA GPA All Stars, Brendan Harrison, David Clarke, Lee Keegan & Colm Boyle. Pic: Sportsfile/Seb Daly.
Congratulations to Brendan Harrison (1st All Star), David Clarke (1st All Star), Lee Keegan (4th All Star) and Colm Boyle (3rd All Star). Lee Keegan now also has the accolade of winning the most All Stars in Mayo to date.
2016 GAA GPA All Stars
1 David Clarke (Mayo) First time winner
2 Brendan Harrison (Mayo) First time winner
3 Jonny Cooper (Dublin) First time winner
4 Philly McMahon (Dublin) Second time winner
5 Lee Keegan (Mayo) Fourth time winner
6 Colm Boyle (Mayo) Third time winner
7 Ryan McHugh (Donegal) First time winner
8 Brian Fenton (Dublin) Second time winner
9 Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) Second time winner
10 Peter Harte (Tyrone) First time winner
11 Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) Second time winner
12 Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin) Second time winner
13 Dean Rock (Dublin) First time winner
14 Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) First time winner
15 Paul Geaney (Kerry) First time winner
2016 GAA GPA Player & Young Player Of The Year Award
Lee Keegan 2016 GAA GPA All Star Player of the Year. Pic: Sportsfile/Seb Daly.
Diarmuid O’Connor 2016 GAA GPA All Star Young Player of the Year. Pic: Sportsfile/Ramsey Cardy.
There were three nominations for the 2016 GAA GPA player of the year award. Brian Fenton and Ciarán Kilkenny from Dublin and Mayo’s Lee Keegan were the nominee’s for this years award. Congratulations to Lee on winning this years Player of the Year award.
There were two nominees from Tipperary & one from Mayo for the young player of the year award. Josh Keane & Jimmy Feehan from Tipperary and Diarmuid O’Connor from Mayo were nominated.
2016 GAA GPA Hurling All Stars
Mayo hurling All Star winners, Cathal Freeman, Joseph Mc Manus, Kenny Feeney & Brian Hunt. Pic: Sportsfile/
Not to be outdone by the football, four of our hurlers also picked up All Stars in the Nicky Rackard competition. Congratulations to Cathal Freeman, Joseph Mc Manus and Brian Hunt on winning All Stars. Congratulations also to Kenny Feeney for winning the player of the year award.
Lee was interviewed on Off The Ball show on Newstalk on Tuesday 8th November, have a listen here;
Three Mayo players were awarded All Stars in this years GPA All Stars Awards held in Dublin tonight. Seven Mayo players in total were nominated for this years awards and the Mayo players that won this evening are Lee Keegan and Aidan O’Shea. This is Lee’s third GAA All Star award, while it is Aidan O’Shea’s second All Star.
Young Player of the Year 2015
Diarmuid O’Connor was awarded Young Player of the year, following in the footsteps of his older brother Cillian, who won Young Player of the Year in 2011 & 2012. The future looks bright!
Congratulations to Lee, Aidan and Diarmuid from all at Club ’51!
2015 GAA All Stars:
Brendan Kealy (Kerry); Shane Enright (Kerry), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), Philly McMahon (Dublin); Lee Keegan (Mayo), Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin); Brian Fenton (Dublin), Anthony Maher (Kerry); Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry); Conor McManus (Monaghan), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Bernard Brogan (Dublin).
Seven Mayo players named in the 2015 GAA All Star Nominations
There were seven Mayo GAA players named this morning in the 2015 GAA All Star Nominations. The seven Mayo nominee’s are, Defenders : Keith Higgins, Chris Barrett and Lee Keegan. Midfield : Tom Parsons. Forwards : Cillian O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea. Diarmuid O’Connor has also been nominated for the Young Player of the year award. We wish all the lads the very best of luck in this years All Stars.
Other counties with All Star Nominations are, Dublin 11 nominations, Kerry 8 nominations, Mayo and Tyrone both have 7 nominations. Donegal have 5 nominations with Ulster Champions Monaghan receiving 4 nominations. Fermanagh, Westmeath and Laois all receive one nomination each. There are 9 counties this year receiving GAA All Star Nominations. The 2015 GAA All Star Awards ceremony will take place in the convention Center in Dublin on Friday the 6th of November.
Pic : Gaa.ie.
The full list of the 2015 GAA All Star Nominations are as follows;
Paul Durcan (Donegal), Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Rory Beggan (Monaghan).
Frank McGlynn (Donegal), Ryan McHugh (Donegal), James McCarthy (Dublin), Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Philip McMahon (Dublin), Shane Enright (Kerry), Jonathan Lyne (Kerry), Keith Higgins (Mayo), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Chris Barrett (Mayo), Vinny Corey (Monaghan), Karl O’Connell (Monaghan), Cathal McCarron (Tyrone), Ronan McNamee (Tyrone), Ronan McNabb (Tyrone).
Neil Gallagher (Donegal), Brian Fenton (Dublin), Anthony Maher (Kerry), David Moran (Kerry), Tom Parsons (Mayo), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone).
Michael Murphy (Donegal), Paddy Andrews (Dublin), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Seán Quigley (Fermanagh), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry), Paul Geaney (Kerry), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Donie Kingston (Laois), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan) Peter Harte (Tyrone), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Kieran Martin (Westmeath)
Player of the Year Nominations
Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Philip McMahon (Dublin).
Young Player of the Year Nominations
Ryan McHugh (Donegal), Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo), Ryan Wylie (Monaghan).
The second post of our semi-final special series … this time delving a little bit deeper into the archives. Enjoy!
Ciaran McDonald vs Offaly 1997
Needless to say this maestro hits the list twice , he served us long and he served us well. We really had a good team in 97 and Mac was just 22 but already a star. His point here just sums him up , he flicked it up in full flight with the right , solo’d with the left , dummied, left a few Offaly men on their rear ends and then pointed from the tightest of angles. McDonald a shot – McDonald a point.
David Brady vs Fermanagh 2004
DB was a man who spent a lot of time on the bench in the green and red but you could never doubt his commitment and he is a joy to listen to on Newstalk when talking about his beloved Mayo. This was a monster point at a tipping point when we had let Fermanagh back into the game and needed scores.
Padraig Brogan vs Dublin 1985
This was the beginning of the modern era for Mayo football. We drew with a brilliant but perhaps ageing Dubs team and although we lost the replay Padraig Brogan left us with one of the great memories. Sadly we were to lose Padraig as well as he faded away and then took up with Donegal. He even came back to Mayo again but we can only wonder what might have been had we had him at his peak.
But we have this wonder goal , a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Pick that one out O’Leary.
Willie Joe Padden vs Tyrone 1989
Neither a goal nor a point but rather an injury. After a head injury had to be treated Willie Joe re-entered the fray with a bandage that made him look like a Viking about to lay waste to a village . Or at least that’s how it felt to me at the age of 14. Wille Joe is our iconic player , no matter where I go in Ireland or abroad his name is mentioned with reverence. This was his iconic moment.
James Horan Vs Kerry 1996
Not a bit of footage is available for this goal so if you don’t remember it you’ll just have to trust me , it was class. The result itself was seismic. We hadn’t beaten Kerry since 1951 and we haven’t beaten them since. Due to this fact Kerry fans have removed all traces of highlights of this match from the internet. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have this one in any format. We wont be able to enjoy Horan’s goal because of the RTE eejits who didn’t film it but we could at least share a bit more of the game than the below link*
EDIT: A massive thanks to Nodlag O’Neill-Forde, who since this post has sent us on some footage of the All-Ireland Semi-Final of 1996! Thanks Nodlag!
So there you have it. Here’s to making more magic semi-final memories on Sunday!
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