Limerick have swept the board in the list of nominations for Hurler of the Year with Kyle Hayes, Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes in the running for the prestigious end of season prize.

The Treaty County have also claimed 14 of the 45 nominations spots on offer for the PwC GAA/GPA All Stars.

Diarmaid Byrnes is the All Time top scoring defender in the Championship and was voted Hurler of the Year in 2022 (pictured above).

The PwC GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year Award will be voted on by the players in the same way as the Hurler of the Year. Clare duo Adam Hogan and Mark Rodgers have been nominated for this award alongside Cork’s Ciaran Joyce.

Limerick’s 14 nominations are joined by nine from Clare, eight from Kilkenny, six from Galway, four from Cork, three from Tipperary and one from Dublin.

“Congratulations to all our players who have been nominated for a PwC Hurling All-Star Award,” said GAA President Larry McCarthy.

“Hurling’s exceptional standards were well maintained during a memorable 2023 season, and this magnificent collection of players were central to those standards and the excitement they provided.”

“The awards pay tribute to the best of a fantastic cohort of players who we are fortunate to have playing our games.”

“A special word of recognition for Kyle, Aaron and Diarmaid and to Adam, Mark and Ciarán for being shortlisted for overall awards – a fantastic additional honour for you and your families and clubs. Our thanks to PwC for their continuing support of this iconic scheme.”

“On behalf of everyone at PwC, huge congratulations to the 45 hurlers announced as PwC All-Star nominees and also to Kyle, Aaron and Diarmaid,Adam, Mark and Ciaran,” added Enda McDonagh, Managing Partner.

“You each made outstanding contributions to team performances throughout the championship, inspiring future generations of hurling stars. To be nominated is a deserving recognition of your talent and commitment. At PwC we are proud to celebrate high performance both on and off the field.”

“The PwC All-Stars are the pinnacle of individual achievement within our games and each and every one of these 45 nominees deserve enormous credit for their performances throughout 2023,” said Tom Parsons, CEO of the GPA.

“I want to wholeheartedly congratulate all of the nominees announced today. Can I also extend a special word of congratulations to our three PwC Player of the Year nominations. Kyle Hayes, Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes gave a series of memorable performances that lit up the hurling season. And in the Young Player category, Ciaran Joyce, Mark Rogers and Adam Hogan set an example in terms of how players young in years can have a massive impact on their teams.”

First held in 1971, the nominations and the final 15 teams are chosen by a panel of Gaelic Games Correspondents from across, print, radio, tv and digital media, in a meeting chaired by the GAA President.

The list of 45 nominations for the PwC Football All-Stars will be announced tomorrow morning. The PwC All-Star teams will be presented with their awards at a gala black-tie event which will be staged in Dublin’s RDS and shown live on RTÉ tv on Friday, November 17.

PwC Hurling All-Star Nominations

Goalkeepers (3)

Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

Nickie Quaid (Limerick)

Eibhear Quilligan (Clare)

Defenders (18)

Barry Nash (Limerick)

Mike Casey (Limerick)

Dan Morrissey (Limerick)

Kyle Hayes (Limerick)

Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)

Mikey Butler (Kilkenny)

Huw Lawlor (Kilkenny)

Paddy Deegan (Kilkenny)

David Blanchfield (Kilkenny)

John Conlon (Clare)

Adam Hogan (Clare)

Diarmuid Ryan (Clare)

David McInerney (Clare)

Ciarán Joyce (Cork)

Damien Cahalane (Cork)

Jack Grealish (Galway)

Daithí Burke (Galway)

Ronan Maher (Tipperary)

Midfielders (6)

Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick)

Will O’Donoghue (Limerick)

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork)

David Fitzgerald (Clare)

Adrian Mullen (Kilkenny)

Forwards (18)

Cian Lynch (Limerick)

Peter Casey (Limerick)

Tom Morrissey (Limerick)

Aaron Gillane (Limerick)

Seamus Flanagan (Limerick)

David Reidy (Limerick)

Cathal Mannion (Galway)

Conor Whelan (Galway)

Brian Concannon (Galway)

Evan Niland (Galway)

Tony Kelly (Clare)

Shane O’Donnell (Clare)

Mark Rodgers (Clare)

TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

Eoin Cody (Kilkenny)

Jake Morris (Tipperary)

Dónal Burke (Dublin)

Patrick Horgan (Cork)

PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year Nominees

Kyle Hayes, Aaron Gillane, Diarmaid Byrnes (all Limerick)

PwC GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year Nominees

Adam Hogan (Clare), Mark Rodgers (Clare), Ciaran Joyce (Cork)