Richie McCarthy has joined an illustrious group of Limerick hurling full-backs by being selected on this yearâ€™s GAA/GPA All Star team.
The Blackrock clubman is Limerickâ€™s only representative on this yearâ€™s team, which is dominated by All Ireland champions Clare, who have eight on the team. Beaten finalists Cork have three as do Leinster champions Dublin.
While McCarthy played all of Limerickâ€™s campaign at full-back, he is named in the number two position alongside Dublinâ€™s Peter Kelly and Clareâ€™s David McInerney.
He becomes the latest Limerick full-back to be honoured with an All Star, following in the footsteps of Pat Hartigan (who win six awards) and Leonard Enright (who won three). He also becomes the first Limerick player to be honoured since 2007 when Brian Murray, Ollie Moran and Andrew Oâ€™Shaughnessy were selected.
Six other Limerick players were also nominated - Tom Condon, Wayne McNamara, Gavin Oâ€™Mahony, Paul Browne, James Ryan and Graeme Mulcahy - but Limerickâ€™s small number of game undoubtedly cost them. They only played three games compared to Clare who played eight and Dublin and Cork, who played six each.
The awards will be presented in Croke Park on Friday night and will be shown live on RTE at 8pm.
Two other Limerick players were also honoured with individual awards in the past week. Camogie players Niamh Mulcahy was selected on the â€˜Soaring Starsâ€™ while Cappamoreâ€™s Eamonn Gleeson was picked on team of the Lory Meaghar championship, whom he starred with for Warwickshire earlier this year.
Meanwhile, there is still no announcement as to who Limerickâ€™s new hurling manager will be .
2013 HURLING ALL STARS
1. Anthony Nash (Cork)
2. Richie McCarthy (Limerick)
3. Peter Kelly (Dublin)
4. David McInerney (Clare)
5. Brendan Bugler (Clare)
6. Liam Rushe (Dublin)
7. Patrick Donnellan (Clare)
8. Colm Galvin (Clare)
9. Conor Ryan (Clare)
10. SÃ©amus Harnedy (Cork)
11. Tony Kelly (Clare)
12. Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)
13. PÃ¡draic Collins (Clare)
14. Patrick Horgan (Cork)
15. Conor McGrath (Clare)
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