Twelve Mayo footballers have been included in the list of nominees for the 2020 GAA/GPA All-Star awards announced this morning.
Mayo are second on the list in terms of the number of players included among the nominees, with All-Ireland champions Dublin garnering one more nomination with 13.
Included amongst the Mayo nominees are recently-retired goalkeeper David Clarke, who is up for his third All-Star; defenders Eoghan McLaughlin and Oisin Mullin, both of whom have been nominated in their first full seasons as senior footballers; and forwards Ryan O’Donoghue and Tommy Conroy, likewise nominated in their first seasons as seniors.
Previous All-Star winners Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Aidan O’Shea and Paddy Durcan (Mayo’s only All-Star in 2019) have also been included in the nominations, as has Cillian O’Connor, who has also been shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award alongside Dublin duo Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny.
Kevin McLoughlin and Mattie Ruane, both of whom are up for their first All-Stars, round out the Mayo nominees.
Having won the Ulster title for the first time since 1997, Cavan are next with seven nominations, while Tipperary, Munster champions in 2020 for the first time since 1935, have four nominees.
Ulster finalists Donegal have three nominations, beaten Connacht finalists Galway have two and each of Limerick, Kerry, Armagh and Cork have one nomination apiece.
The nominations were chosen by a panel of Gaelic Games correspondents from across print, radio, TV and digital media, chaired by Uachtarán CLG John Horan, who said:
“I want to acknowledge all of those who have been chosen among this list of nominees for the PwC All-Stars. The 2020 season will go down in history for the backdrop against which it was played, and all of our players deserve great credit for producing the levels of skill and enjoyment we witnessed. Our thanks to PwC for helping ensure those heroics are recognised here.”
It is intended that the presentation of the PwC All-Star awards will take place late next month in a TV show that will be in line with Covid-19 restrictions and will be confirmed in due course.
PwC All-Stars Football Nominations 2020
David Clarke (Mayo), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Raymond Galligan (Cavan).
Davey Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, Eoin Murchan, John Small, Robbie McDaid (all Dublin); Oisin Mullin, Eoghan McLaughlin, Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Patrick Durcan (all Mayo); Ciarán Brady, Padraig Faulkner, Gerry Smith (all Cavan); Kevin Fahy, Bill Maher (Tipperary); Iain Corbett (Limerick), Aidan Forker (Armagh), Peadar Mogan (Donegal).
James McCarthy (Dublin), Brian Fenton (Dublin), Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary), Gearóid McKiernan (Cavan), Matthew Ruane (Mayo), Ian Maguire (Cork).
Niall Scully, Con O’Callaghan, Ciarán Kilkenny, Dean Rock, Seán Bugler (all Dublin); Cillian O’Connor, Kevin McLoughlin, Ryan O’Donoghue, Aidan O’Shea, Tommy Conroy (all Mayo); Martin Reilly, Thomas Galligan (Cavan); Shane Walsh, Paul Conroy (Galway); Michael Langan, Ciarán Thompson (Donegal); Conor Sweeney (Tipperary), David Clifford (Kerry).
PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year nominees
Brian Fenton (Dublin), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo).