ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS Clare have won eight Allstars in the GAA/GPA end-of-season hurling awards.
David McInerney, Brendan Bugler, Pat Donnellan, Colm Galvin, Conor Ryan, Tony Kelly, Podge Collins and Conor McGrath will be presented with their awards at Friday night’s banquet.
Beaten finalists Cork have three places with goalkeeper Anthony Nash joining Seamus Harnedy and Patrick Horgan.
The beaten semi-finalists make up the rest of the 15-man selection with Dublin trio Peter Kelly, Liam Rushe and Danny Sutcliffe honoured as is Limerick’s sole representative, full-back Richie McCarthy.
In total there are 12 first-time recipients with Nash, Bugler and Rushe the only players to have won Allstars previously.
Five of the winners — McInerney, Galvin, Kelly and Collins from Clare and Dublin’s Sutcliffe — also competed at U21 level this season.
“It was a truly exceptional hurling championship and the individual players honoured today can be very proud of their contribution to that season,” GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell said.
The football selection as well as the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in both codes will be announced at Friday’s ceremony in Croke Park.
Kelly, Nash and Collins will contest Hurler of the Year. Kelly is also nominated for Young Hurler of the Year where he goes up against team-mates McInernery and Collins.
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. Séamus Harnedy (Cork)
11. Tony Kelly (Clare)
12. Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)
13. Pádraic Collins (Clare)
14. Patrick Horgan (Cork)
15. Conor McGrath (Clare)
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First published 12.01am