GAA | Fenton and Lynch claim All-Star awards

GAA | Fenton and Lynch claim All-Star awards

Brian Fenton has been crowned as the Footballer of the Year, while Cian Lynch has been named as the Hurler of the Year at the PwC All-Star Awards.

Dublin midfielder Fenton beat his teammates Jack McCaffrey and Ciaran Kilkenny to the Footballer of the Year award, and won his fourth successive All-Ireland title this year.

Incredibly, the 25-year-old – who was named at midfield alongside Brian Howard in the All-Star team – has yet to taste defeat in 27 Championship clashes with the Dubs.

Fenton scored 1-9 in the league for the Boys in Blue, and 1-13 in the Championship.

Lynch, who starred as Limerick ended their All-Ireland hurling drought, beat Galway duo Joe Canning and Padraic Mannion to the hurling award.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a superb year as Limerick won their first All-Ireland since 1973, and scored a point against Galway in the final.

David Clifford was named as the Young Footballer of the Year after his eye-catching breakthrough season with the Kerry senior team. The teenager was brilliant for Kerry in the Super 8s, and has made a seamless transition to adult football.

Limerick starlet Kyle Hayes won Young Hurler of the Year. Hayes – who was not included in this year’s All-Star team – was the man of the match in the All-Ireland final.

John Kiely’s team had six players included in the All-Star hurling team, while Dublin had nine inclusions in the football team.

Tonight’s awards took place at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

2018 PwC All Stars Hurling team: Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny); Seán Finn (Limerick), Daithí Burke (Galway), Richie English (Limerick); Páraic Mannion (Galway), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Dan Morrissey (Limerick); Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork), Cian Lynch (Limerick); Peter Duggan (Clare), Joe Canning (Galway), Seamus Harnedy (Cork); Patrick Horgan (Cork), John Conlon (Clare) Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick).

2018 PwC Football All-Star team: Rory Beggan (Monagan); Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone), Padraig Hampsey (Tyrone); Karl O’Connell (Monaghan), James McCarthy (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin); Brian Fenton (Dublin),  Brian Howard (Dublin); Paul Mannion (Dublin), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin), Ryan McHugh (Donegal), David Clifford (Kerry), Conor McManus (Monaghan), Ian Burke (Galway).