All Stars Hurler of the Year

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The GAA-GPA All-Star Hurler of the Year is a hurling award presented to the player voted as best in the country by a special selection committee of journalists. It began in 1995 and honours the achievements of a hurler of outstanding excellence.

Kilkenny players have dominated the award, winning 8 out of 19 times, ahead of Cork and Clare, which won it three times each.

The award's youngest winner was Tony Kelly, who won at the age of 20 in 2013. He is the only player to have won the GAA-GPA All-Star Young Hurler of the Year award in the same year.[1] Henry Shefflin is the only player to have won the award three times.[2] The oldest winner is also Henry Shefflin, who was 33 when he won in 2012.

In 2011 the Gaelic Athletic Association and the Gaelic Players' Association announced that their respective annual player awards schemes were to merge under the sponsorship of Opel.[3] The first merged awards were presented in 2011.[4]

Hurler of the Year[edit]

Year Winner County Club Nominees Counties Clubs
1995 Brian Lohan Clare Wolfe Tones
1996 Martin Storey Wexford Oulart-the Ballagh
1997 Jamesie O'Connor Clare St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield
1998 Tony Browne Waterford Mount Sion Seánie McMahon Clare St. Joseph's Doora-Barefield
Brian Whelehan Offaly Birr
1999 Brian Corcoran Cork Erin's Own D. J. Carey Kilkenny Young Irelands
Brian Whelehan Offaly Birr
2000 D. J. Carey Kilkenny Young Irelands
2001 Tommy Dunne Tipperary Toomevara
2002 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny Ballyhale Sharmocks
2003 J. J. Delaney Kilkenny Fenians
2004 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín Cork Na Piarsaigh
2005 Jerry O'Connor Cork Newtownshandrum John Gardiner Cork Na Piarsaigh
2006 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny Ballyhale Sharmocks Donal Óg Cusack Cork Cloyne
2007 Dan Shanahan Waterford Lismore Ken McGrath Waterford Mount Sion
Tommy Walsh Kilkenny Tullaroan
2008 Eoin Larkin Kilkenny James Stephens Eddie Brennan Kilkenny Graigue-Ballycallan
Eoin Kelly Waterford Passage
2009 Tommy Walsh Kilkenny Tullaroan Lar Corbett Tipperary Thurles Sarsfields
John Mullane Waterford De La Salle
2010 Lar Corbett Tipperary Thurles Sarsfields Brendan Maher Tipperary Borris-Ileigh
Michael Fennelly Kilkenny Ballyhale Sharmocks
2011 Michael Fennelly Kilkenny Ballyhale Sharmocks Tommy Walsh Kilkenny Tullaroan
Pádraic Maher Tipperary Thurles Sarsfields
2012 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny Ballyhale Sharmocks Paul Murphy Kilkenny Danesfort
Joe Canning Galway Portumna
2013 Tony Kelly Clare Ballyea Pádraic Collins Clare Cratloe
Anthony Nash Cork Kanturk

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by county[edit]

County Number of wins Winning years
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
8
2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Colours of Cork.svg Cork
3
1999, 2004, 2005
Colours of Clare.svg Clare
3
1995, 1997, 2013
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary
2
2001, 2010
Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford
2
1998, 2007
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
1
1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clare star Tony Kelly makes history as Hurler of the Year". Irish Mirror. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shefflin scoops third Hurler of the Year Award". GAA website. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "All Star and GPA awards merger announced". RTÉ Sport. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shefflin and Cats steal All Star show". Irish Examiner. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.