Conor McGrath nominated for All-Star

Conor McGrath nominated for All-Star

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Conor McGrath. Image Sportsfile
Conor McGrath. Image Sportsfile

Despite surrendering their All Ireland Senior Hurling title to Wexford during 2014, Clare have received one All Star nomination.

The GAA, GPA and Opel today announced the nominees for the 2014 Hurling All-Stars with Cratloe’s Conor McGrath being Clare’s sole representative.

Recently crowned All-Ireland champions Kilkenny lead the count with no fewer than 13 players making the shortlist for awards. They are followed closely by beaten finalists Tipperary who receive 11. The remainder of the 45 places go to Limerick (7), Cork (6) Wexford (3), Dublin (2) and one apiece for Clare, Offaly and Galway.

This shortlist of nominees was selected by GAA journalists and the awards for the successful 15 candidates, along with the Player of the Year awards, will be made at the All-Star banquet on October 24 in Dublin.

Contenders for both the Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year awards are also listed below. The shortlists for these awards will be voted on by the GPA membership.

2014 Hurling Nominations
Goalkeepers
Darren Gleeson (Tipperary), Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny), Alan Nolan (Dublin).
Full backs
Cathal Barrett (Tipperary), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Séamus Hickey (Limerick), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Stephen McDonnell (Cork), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary), Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny), Liam Ryan (Wexford).
Half backs
Kieran Bergin (Tipperary), Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny), Mark Ellis (Cork), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary), Pádraic Walsh (Kilkenny), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Lorcán McLoughlin (Cork), Wayne McNamara (Limerick).
Midfield
Paul Browne (Limerick), Lee Chin (Wexford), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), James Ryan (Limerick).
Half forwards
Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Conor Lehane (Cork), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), John O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Conor Cooney (Galway).
Full forwards
Alan Cadogan (Cork), Séamus Callanan (Tipperary), Shane Dowling (Limerick), Patrick Horgan (Cork), Conor McDonald (Wexford), Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny), Richie Power (Kilkenny), Conor McGrath (Clare), Brian Carroll (Offaly).

Young Player of the Year
Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)
Shane Dowling (Limerick)
Conor McDonald (Wexford)

Player of the Year

Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)
Séamus Callanan (Tipperary)
TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

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