Seven Tyrone GAA players nominated for 2015 All Star Awards
The GAA and GPA, in conjunction with Opel, have today confirmed the 45 nominations for the 2015 All-Star football awards.
Following a great season for the O’Neill county, in which Mickey Harte’s side made it to the All Ireland semi final before losing out narrowly to Kerry, they have been rewarded with seven nominations in total.
Cathal McCarron (Tyrone), Ronan McNamee (Tyrone) and Ronan McNabb (Tyrone) have all been nominated in defence in a season in which that trio have really stood out.
Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone) had a brilliant season for the O’Neill County in midfield and his work-rate and “sweeping” role in defence had a major bearing on the county’s run to the penultimate stage of the series. He is one of six players nominated for the two midfield berth awards.
There was no surprise up front to see Peter Harte (Tyrone), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) and Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone) all nominated in attack.
Donnelly, who is now preparing for his first Tyrone Senior club Championship final appearance with Trillick, recently made the GAA Team of the year and is possibly the favourite in the Tyrone ranks to pick up an All Star award in 2015 following a fantastic year in the red hand jersey.
Recently crowned All-Ireland champions Dublin, who completed a clean sweep of honours in 2015, lead the way with 11 nominations and they are followed by defeated All-Ireland finalists Kerry, who collect eight.
The two beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists, Tyrone and Mayo, come next in the pecking order with seven apiece.
Ulster champions Monaghan secure four nominations while their provincial rivals Donegal receive five.
The remaining nominations go to Fermanagh, Westmeath and Laois, who receive one each bringing to nine the total number of counties who are represented on the 2015 shortlist.
The awards will be presented at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Friday November 6th.
The shortlist for the individual player awards have also been confirmed with three Dublin players, Bernard Brogan, Jack McCaffrey and Philip McMahon, in contention for the Player of the Year Award, McCaffrey looking to be favourite to pick up that prestigious gong.
Many within the O’Neill County thought that Mark Bradley may have been in the nomination shortlist for the Young Player of the Year Award but it is not to be with the trio of Diarmuid O’Connor, Ryan McHugh and Ryan Wylie making up the list of contenders for that accolade.
These shortlists will be voted on by the GPA membership and the winners will also be announced on the night of the banquet.
2015 GAA GPA All-Star Football Nominations Sponsored by Opel
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).