Limerick hurlers all star – Limerick senior hurlers have taken up 12 positions on this year’s All-Star team, a new record. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.
Limerick hurlers secure a record 12 spots on 2021 All-Star team
By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew
Limerick senior hurlers have taken up 12 positions on this year’s PwC All-Star team, a new record.
The annual All-Star Awards will be held tomorrow, December 10, during a private ceremony broadcast on RTE 2 at 7 pm.
John Kiely’s victorious Limerick team held the previous All-Star record, with nine positions secured following the 2020 hurling season. This record feat was also achieved by Kilkenny’s 1983, 2000 and 2008 senior team.
A highly accomplished side, Limerick cornerback Sean Finn will pick up his fourth All-Star Award tomorrow, while midfielder Cian Lynch will collect his third.
Five Treaty sportsmen will collect their second honour, including wing-back Kyle Hayes and captain Declan Hannon.
In another impressive accomplishment, the 2021 PwC Hurler of the Year Award will go to one of three Limerick nominees – Sean Finn, Cian Lynch or Kyle Hayes.
With Limerick sweeping up All-Stars, only three spots were left up for grabs. Waterford’s Conor Prunty took centre back, while Clare’s accomplished full-forward Tony Kelly took a corner-forward spot. Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy was selected in goal.
To much surprise, 2021 All-Ireland finalists Cork were awarded no All-Star Awards this year.
Mayor of Limerick City and County, Daniel Butler, congratulated Limerick’s All-Star recipients, saying, “It is wonderful to see that their skill, drive and desire for excellence has been recognised. It is such a wonderful honour to be chosen as an All-Star and to represent Limerick with such pride. Luimneach Abú!”
The team’s All-Star triumph comes just two weeks after 51 Limerick senior hurlers were awarded trophies and medals for sporting victories spanning from 2019 to 2021, at a ceremony in the Limerick Strand Hotel. Accolades included two All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and three Munster Championship titles.
An incredible achievement for the 12 selected history makers, but anyone that pulls on the Green of our wonderful county are All Stars ⭐️ in our eyes. pic.twitter.com/D2VpZIKBry
— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) December 9, 2021
PwC All-Stars Hurling 2021 (Previous winning years in brackets)
1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore, Kilkenny) (2016, ’18)
2. Seán Finn (Bruff, Limerick) (2018, ’19, ’20)
3. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside-Ballinacourty, Waterford)
4. Barry Nash (South Liberties, Limerick)
5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell, Limerick) (2020)
6. Declan Hannon (Adare, Limerick) (2018)
7. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Limerick) (2020)
8. Will O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick)
9. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon, Limerick)
10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s, Limerick) (2020)
11. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell, Limerick) (2018, 2020)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane, Limerick) (2020)
13. Tony Kelly (Ballyea, Clare) (2013, ’20)
14. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon, Limerick)
15. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh, Limerick)
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