SEVEN Limerick hurlers have been nominated for All Star awards while Shane Dowling is one of the three nominees for the Young Player of the Year award.
Dowling is one of the seven players nominated for an All Star along with Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey, Wayne McNamara, James Ryan, Paul Browne and Declan Hannon.
All Ireland champions Kilkenny lead the way with 13 nominations with Tipperary just behind them with 11. Limerick are next with seven with Cork receiving six, Wexford three, Dublin two and one each for Clare, Offal and Galway.
Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and TJ Reid, along with Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan, are nominated for the Hurler of the Year award.
Dowling is up against Tipp’s Cathal Barrett and Conor McDonald of Wexford for the young player of the year award.
The All Stars shortlist was selected by GAA journalists and the awards for the successful 15 candidates, along with the Player of the Year awards, which are voted on by the GPA membership, will be made at the All-Star banquet on October 24 in Dublin.
Limerick’s seven nominations this year matches what they received last year as Munster champions. Richie McCarthy, Wayne McNamara, Paul Browne and James Ryan were all nominated as well in 2013 along with Tom Condon, Gavin O’Mahony and Graeme Mulcahy.
2014 ALL STAR 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).
Player of the Year: Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Séamus Callanan (Tipperary), TJ Reid (Kilkenny).
Young Player of the Year: Cathal Barrett (Tipperary), Shane Dowling (Limerick), Conor McDonald (Wexford).