Limerick joined Dublin as recording nine players on the PwC GPA All-Stars when they were announced in a live RTÉ Broadcast on Saturday night.
Kilkenny in 1983, 2000 and 2008 is the only other county to have won as many places on the team in the 50-year history of the All-Stars.
Brian Fenton was voted by his peers as Footballer of the Year for a second time and Gearóid Hegarty picked up his first such accolade in the small ball game.
Eoin Cody from Ballyhale Shamrocks was named the PwC GAA/GPA Young hurler of the Year after his exploits with Kilkenny last season, while Oisín Mullin picked up the PwC GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year after the Mayo star picked up an award in the football team announced on Friday.
Nicky Quaid’s selection sees the Limerick goalkeeper follow in the footsteps of his late father Tommy who was also a goalkeeping hero with Limerick and an All-Star in 1992.
It is the fourth time that a father and son duo have been honoured in hurling – following Tipperary’s Ken and Brian Hogan, Richie Power senior and junior in Kilkenny and ‘Fan’ and Philly Larkin, also from Kilkenny.
Dan and Tom Morrissey became only the fourth pair of brothers to win an All-Star in the same year.
“For the last 50 years the All-Stars has stood apart as something special in Irish sport, and our thanks to PwC for enabling us to continue this great tradition and particularly after the significance of staging the Championships last winter,” said GAA President John Horan.
“I want to pay tribute to Gearóid and Eoin for being named PwC Hurler of the Year and PwC Young Hurler of the Year respectively,” added Paul Flynn, CEO of the Gaelic Players Association.
“Similarly, I want to acknowledge Brian and Oisín on their awards as PwC Footballer of the Year and PwC Young Footballer of the Year. These awards are voted for by their fellow players which makes them even more special”.
“There’s no doubting how tough 2020 was for many people and Gaelic Games were something that uplifted the whole country when it was really needed, with brilliant entertainment, outstanding individual displays and enthralling games,” said Fergal O’Rourke, Managing partner at PwC.
The show was broadcast in a socially distant format from the RTÉ Studios. Fenton and Hegarty were the only players to be present in the studio while others dialled in from their homes around the country.
Interviewed as part of the show, John Horan confirmed that the current plan is for inter-county games to return first, when it is safe to do so, and that the hope is still to complete all tournaments from the Allianz Leagues all the way through to the Championships.
The plan then is for the greater numbers that would be involved in club competition to return in the latter part of the year.
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