The PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Award winners were announced at PwC’s offices in Dublin yesterday, with Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan and Kerry’s Sean O’Shea rewarded for their championship performances in August and September.
Two goals by Con O’Callaghan in the 37th and 46th minutes of a sustained and clinical attacking performance from Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final all but ended Mayo’s championship hopes.
O’Callaghan is a former Young Footballer of the Year and a leading contender for Footballer of the Year as the dust begins to settle on Dublin’s historic five in a row winning performance last weekend.
He could return to club action this weekend as Cuala take on Kilmacud Crokes in the quarter final of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship. In addition to his four Football All Irelands at County Level he also has two AIB All Ireland Club Hurling Championship medals from 2017 and 2018 with Cuala.
The replay meant that he and a number of his team mates missed out on a planned trip to a music festival in Germany after the first game but now he is getting back to reality with club and career commitments. he is studying for a Masters degree in Accounting and who knows might end up back in PwC in time wearing a suit as opposed to the All Stars gear above.
He was giving nothing away oin terms of the next steps for Dublin other than to confirm his belief that it would be business as ussual, back to clubs now and come back together in December to make a plan for 2020.
Kerry pushed Dublin all the way this year though and there is a second monthly award of the summer for Sean O’Shea after his free-scoring form saw him pick up September’s award.
Over the drawn game and the replay he scored a combined 15 points.
“I’d like to congratulate both Con and Sean on their respective performances in the All Ireland championship,” said PwC Managing Partner Feargal O’Rourke.
“Both players are worthy winners of August & September’s PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Awards, having contributed massively to championship action.”
“The two players are a credit to their clubs and their counties and have exemplified the pride and passion which are central to our games,” added GAA President John Horan.
“Both players have been exceptional on the pitch throughout the championship and are deserving winners of the PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Awards for August & September, concluded Gaelic Players Association CEO Paul Flynn.