01 November 2019 22:31
Seamus Callanan has been named PwC GAA/GPA Hurler of the Year For 2019, claiming the gong for the first time. The Tipperary man was on hand to collect the award at the National Convention Centre this evening, where the PwC All-Star awards were taking place. Callanan beat out competition from Patrick Horgan and TJ Reid for the gong. It was a remarkable year for the forward, who scored a goal in every championship game. He was a key cog in the Tipp team that demolished Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final, a game in which he played incredibly well.
While this is Callanan's first Hurler of the Year award, there is a strong argument to be made that he should have won the award in 2016. After a dip in form at the start of the decade, the turnaround to end it as the best player in the country is incredible. Elsewhere, Kilkenny's Adrian Mullen claimed the PwC GAA/GPA Young Hurler of the Year after a very strong season. Advertisement It caps off a remarkable year for the player, who contested All-Ireland finals at senior, U20 and club level. Nearly two months after the final whistle was blown in Croke Park, and some of the most well-respected names in GAA have stepped out to celebrate the 2019 GAA All-Stars.
The All-Ireland-winning trio of Stephen Cluxton, Jack McCaffrey, and Con O'Callaghan are in the running for the top award. The Young Footballer of the Year award sees Kerry's David Clifford going up alongside teammate Sean O'Shea and Armagh's Rian O'Neill. As for hurling awards, in a similar story, this year's All-Ireland winners Tipperary redeemed themselves after only receiving one nomination last year to boasting 11 of the 45 this time around. While the All-Stars team has been decided, team captain Seamus Callanan will go head-to-head with the likes of Patrick Horgan of Cork, and Kilkenny's TJ Reid for the top prize of Hurler of the Year. Adrian Mullen of Kilkenny, Kyle Hayes of Limerick and Rory O'Connor of Wexford are all nominated for Young Hurler of the Year. And while many will be eagerly awaiting the announcement of this year's winners at the 2019 GAA All-Stars, others will be creeping the pictures from the red carpet. Yes, despite the serious business to attend to inside the venue, players and their partners alike had some fun in the build-up to the main event. This year's All Star football team as well as the Player of the Year in both hurling and football is set to be announced tonight at the 2019 PwC All Stars. The black-tie event will see the biggest stars of both hurling and football convene to celebrate another fine year of GAA. And it's been an historic year, with Tipperary top of the pile once more in the small ball while Dublin became the first-ever team to win five All-Ireland crowns on the bounce in September. As ever, one of the teams is already announced as Tipp dominate the hurling team. Follow all the live updates below. If you haven't already, be sure to like our Irish Mirror Sport and Irish Mirror GAA pages on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.