Kerry and Kilkenny dominate GAA All Star nominations
Newly crowned All-Ireland champions Kerry dominate the nominations for the 2009 Vodafone football all-stars with 12 of their team in the running for this year’s awards.
Cork, who lost the All-Ireland final to Kerry, have 10 players nominated, while five Tyrone stars and four from Dublin are also in contention.
Wicklow’s progress under Mick O’Dwyer has been recognized with nominations for Leighton Glynn and Ciaran Hyland.
Kerry duo Paul Galvin and Tomás Ó Sé are both shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award along with Cork’s Graham Canty.
The Young Footballer of the Year will be contested by Donegal’s Michael Murphy, Cork’s Colm O’Neill and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea.
The 2009 GAA Football All Stars nominations are:
Goalkeepers: Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Diarmuid Murphy (Kerry), Alan Quirke (Cork).
Full-backs: Tommy Griffin (Kerry), Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry), Marc Ó Sé (Kerry), Anthony Lynch (Cork), Michael Shields (Cork), Ciarán Hyland (Wicklow), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Justin McMahon (Tyrone).
Half-backs: Graham Canty (Cork), John Miskella (Cork), Michael McCarthy (Kerry), Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry), Davy Harte (Tyrone), Ryan McMenamin (Tyrone), Barry Cahill (Dublin), Johnny Davey (Sligo), Andy Moran (Mayo).
Midfield: Dermot Earley (Kildare), Nicholas Murphy (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Kevin Hughes (Tyrone), John Galvin (Limerick), Séamus Scanlon (Kerry).
Half-forwards: Paul Galvin (Kerry), Tadhg Kennelly (Kerry), Alan Brogan (Dublin), Leighton Glynn (Wicklow), James Kavanagh (Kildare), Trevor Mortimer (Mayo), Paddy Kelly (Cork), Pearse O’Neill (Cork), Joe Sheridan (Meath).
Full-forwards: Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Colm Cooper (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Tommy Walsh (Kerry), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Michael McCann (Antrim), Stephen O’Neill (Tyrone), Alan Smith (Kildare).
KILKENNY legend Henry Shefflin is in the running for a ninth all-star honor like fellow Cats hero DJ Carey after the nominations for the 2009 awards were announced.
Fellow Kilkenny star Tommy Walsh has been nominated for a seventh consecutive year and is also in the running for the Hurler of the Year award along with John Mullane of Waterford and Lar Corbett of Tipperary.
The Young Player of the Year nominees are Joe Canning (Galway), Padraig Maher (Tipperary) and Noel McGrath (Tipperary).
The 2009 GAA Football All Stars nominations are --
Goalkeepers: Brendan Cummins (Tipperary), P.J. Ryan (Kilkenny), Clinton Hennessy (Waterford).
Full-backs: J.J. Delaney (Kilkenny), Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny), Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny), Padraig Maher (Tipperary), Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary), Ollie Canning (Galway), Fergal Moore (Galway), Noel Connors (Waterford),
Shane O’Neill (Cork).
Half-backs: John Tennyson (Kilkenny), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Tony Browne (Waterford), Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary), Declan Fanning (Tipperary), John Lee (Galway), Mark Foley (Limerick), Stephen Hiney (Dublin).
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