Fenton and Lynch unveiled as Footballer and Hurler of the Year
Star Limerick players Cian Lynch and Kyle Hayes were unveiled as the Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year at Dublin’s Convention Centre.
The Footballer of the Year Award winner is Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton, while Kerry’s teenage star David Clifford was crowned Young Footballer of the Year at the gala black tie event.
The overall Player of the Year Awards were voted on exclusively by inter-county players themselves.
From the Patrickswell club, Cian Lynch’s tireless efforts and inspirational contributions were a key feature of a memorable summer for Limerick. The 22 year-old cemented his status as one of the marquee players in the game.
At just 20 years of age, Kyle Hayes was one of the youngest members of the Limerick team under John Kiely in 2018, but the Kildimo Pallaskenry man repeatedly stepped up when needed and made a big impact in the All-Ireland final and is now Young Hurler of the Year.
Named this week in the PwC All-Star Football team beside his clubmate Brian Howard, Raheny’s Brian Fenton holds the distinction of never having lost a senior Championship match, having made his Dublin debut at the start of their remarkable four in a row run in 2015. He has been ever present in midfield and has established himself as one of the most influential players in the game.
From Fossa, David Clifford made his senior Championship debut this season at the tender age of 19 and carrying a weight of expectation after his stunning exploits at minor level. He made light work of that attention however, to make a seamless transition to the top flight, with his eye for scores setting him apart as something special and has landed him a PwC All-Star and Young Footballer of the Year.
Uachtarán CLG John Horan said: "In congratulating Cian, Kyle and indeed Brian and David for their overall awards, I am conscious of what these awards must mean to their families, friends and also the clubs who helped set all of our All-Stars out on this road, and thank PwC for helping us to continue this prestigious scheme.”
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Hurling: Cian Lynch (Limerick)
Young hurler of the year: Kyle Hayes (Limerick)
Football: Brian Fenton (Dublin)
Young footballer of the year: David Clifford (Kerry)
McDonagh/Ring/Rackard/Meagher Players of the Year
Lory Meagher – James Weir (Sligo)
Nickey Rackard – Declan Coulter (Donegal)
Christy Ring – Paddy McKenna (Kildare)
Joe McDonagh – Edward Byrne (Carlow)