GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year

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GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year
CompetitionAll-Ireland Senior Championship
Presented byGAA and GPA
First award1996
First winnerBorder Mark Foley
Most recentBorder Adrian Mullen

The Gaelic Athletic Association/Gaelic Players Association Young Hurler of the Year (known for sponsorship reasons as the PwC GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year, or simply the Young Hurler of the Year) is an annual award given to the player aged 21 or under at the start of the season who is adjudged to have been the best during the All-Ireland Championship.[1] The award has been presented since the 1996 All-Ireland Championship and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).[2] The first winner of the award was Limerick defender Mark Foley. The current holder is Adrian Mullen, who won the award for Kilkenny GAA in 2019. The only player to ever win the award twice is Eoin Kelly, who won it in both 2001 and 2002.

A shortlist of nominees is published in September and the winner of the award, along with the winners of the GAA/GPA's other annual awards, is announced at a gala event in Dublin in November. The players themselves consider the award to be highly prestigious, because the winner is chosen by his peers.


The award has been presented on 24 occasions as of 2019, with 23 different winners. The table also indicates where the winning player also won one of the other major "hurler of the year" awards, namely the GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year award (HOTY).

Diarmuid O'Sullivan was Cork's first award-winner in 1999.
Joe Canning was Galway's first award-winner in 2008.
Year Player County Also won Notes
1996 Border Mark Foley Limerick
1997 Border Eugene O'Neill Tipperary
1998 Border Stephen Byrne Offaly
1999 Border Diarmuid O'Sullivan Cork
2000 Border Noel Hickey Kilkenny
2001 Border Eoin Kelly Tipperary
2002 Border Eoin Kelly Tipperary
2003 Border Setanta Ó hAilpín Cork
2004 Border Brian Murphy Cork
2005 Border David Collins Galway
2006 Border James Fitzpatrick Kilkenny
2007 Border Séamus Hickey Limerick
2008 Border Joe Canning Galway
2009 Border Noel McGrath Tipperary [3]
2010 Border Brendan Maher Tipperary [4]
2011 Border Liam Rushe Dublin [5]
2012 Border Johnny Coen Galway [6]
2013 Border Tony Kelly Clare HOTY [7]
2014 Border Cathal Barrett Tipperary [8]
2015 Border Tadhg de Búrca Waterford [9]
2016 Border Austin Gleeson Waterford HOTY [10]
2017 Border Conor Whelan Galway [11]
2018 Border Kyle Hayes Limerick [12]
2019 Border Adrian Mullen Kilkenny
2020 Border Eoin Cody Kilkenny

Breakdown of winners[edit]

County Number of wins Winning years
Border Tipperary
1997, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2014
Border Galway
2005, 2008, 2012, 2017
Border Kilkenny
2000, 2006, 2019, 2020
Border Limerick
1996, 2007, 2018
Border Cork
1999, 2003, 2004
Border Waterford
2015, 2016
Border Offaly
Border Dublin
Border Clare


  1. ^ "GAA Player of the Year shortlist revealed". RTÉ News. 3 October 2007. Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  2. ^ "GAA players should pick All-Star award winners". Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  3. ^ Slattery, Will (19 August 2019). "From cancer battle to possible Hurler of the Year: Noel McGrath adds another chapter to amazing Tipperary story". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Corbett & Brogan named Players of the Year". RTÉ News. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Brogan and Fennelly honoured as players of year". Breaking News. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ Fennessy, Paul (26 October 2012). "Shefflin and Lacey win individual GAA All-Star awards". The 42. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. ^ O'Rourke, Steve (8 November 2013). "Tony Kelly wins Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year awards". The 42. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Here's the GAA GPA hurling All-Star team for 2014". Joe website. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ Cahill, Jackie (6 November 2015). "O'Connor and De Búrca claim Young Footballer and Hurler of the Year honours". The 42. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Austin Gleeson wins both Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year Awards". GAA website. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Andy Moran is Footballer of the Year, Joe Canning is Hurler of the Year". RTÉ Sport. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  12. ^ Moran, Seán (2 November 2018). "Limerick sweep the boards with six All Star and both Hurlers of the Year". Irish Times. Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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