Limerick hurling duo get All-Star nominations

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

Two Limerick hurlers have been included in the initial 45 players nominated for the 2012 GAA GPA All-Stars.

Two Limerick hurlers have been included in the initial 45 players nominated for the 2012 GAA GPA All-Stars.

Goalkeeper Nickie Quaid and full back Richie McCarthy are the two members of John Allen’s Limerick have that been nominated.

In total eight counties have played nominated with All-Ireland finalists Kilkenny and Galway leading the way.

The county by county breakdown i; Galway (14), Kilkenny (12), Tipperary (6), Cork (4), Waterford (4), Limerick (2), Clare (2), Dublin (1).

The final team of 15 players will be announced live on RTÉ television on Friday October 26 at the GAA/GPA All-Stars Awards ceremony sponsored by Opel.

While all will acknowledge that Quaid and McCarthy, many will fee that All-Ireland quarter-finalists Limerick could have had another player or two include.

Shane Dowling was among the top scorers in the All-Ireland championship, while his forward colleague Graeme Mulcahy was a constant threat throughout the year. Others that could have been included would be James Ryan and Wayne McNamara.

Nominees:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Nash (Cork), Nickie Quaid (Limerick), James Skehill (Galway).

Full Backs: Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Johnny Coen (Galway), Fergal Moore (Galway), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Kevin Hynes (Galway), Shane O’Neill (Cork).

Half backs: Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Brendan Bugler (Clare), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), David Collins (Galway), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Tony Óg Regan (Galway), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Niall Donoghue (Galway), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny).

Midfielders: Andy Smith (Galway), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), Pa Cronin (Cork), Iarla Tannian (Galway), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny).

Half Forwards: Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Cyril Donnellan (Galway), Niall Burke (Galway), Patrick Bonnar Maher (Tipperary), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Pa Bourke (Tipperary), Damien Hayes (Galway), Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), Richie Power (Kilkenny).

Full forwards: Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Joe Canning (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Patrick Horgan (Cork), John Mullane (Waterford), Brian O’Meara (Tipperary), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), John Conlon (Clare), David Burke (Galway).