2016 All Star award winning Michael Quinlivan pictured in action against Mayo.
Clonmel Commercials’ Michael Quinlivan has been named on the 2016 GAA-GPA Opel All Star team - the 23-year-old teacher is just the second Tipperary man ever to be selected for such a prestigious annual award.
Michael Quinlivan has been rewarded for a series of stunning performances during the inter-county football championship which helped to propel Tipperary toward the All-Ireland semi-finals. Quinlivan was nominated for an All Star award alongside teammates Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers, Cork), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers) and Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen).
Moyle Rovers’ Declan Browne collected Tipperary's first football All Star award in 1998 and added a second in 2003.
If anyone needed reminding of how far Tipperary football has travelled in recent years they were provided with a telling yard stick when five of Liam Kearns’ senior outfit were nominated for GAA-GPA Opel All Star awards while Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule) and Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle) have both been shortlisted as young footballer of the year candidates alongside Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor.
The player of the year and young player of year awards are voted upon by the members of the GPA while the All Star selection is chosen by a panel of journalists, media personalities and pundits. Both will be revealed on Friday night (RTÉ One from 7pm).
Just eight counties, all of which made it as far as the All-Ireland quarter-finals, were represented among the 45 All Star nominations - unsurprisingly Dublin and Mayo led the nominations with 11 each. Brian Fenton (Dublin), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin) and Mayo’s Lee Keegan have been nominated for the footballer of the year award.
2016 GAA-GPA All Stars: David Clarke (Mayo), Brendan Harrison (Mayo), Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Philly McMahon (Dublin), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Ryan McHugh (Donegal), Brian Fenton (Dublin), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Peter Harte (Tyrone), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin), Dean Rock (Dublin), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) & Paul Geaney (Kerry).
Uachtarán CLG Aogán Ó Fearghail chaired the selection committee meeting and congratulated the 2016 winners: “Gaelic football and hurling are team sports - but the GAA-GPA All Stars offer us a chance to recognise and honour the warrior spirit of the players who, through their individual brilliance, helped ignite our season. Enjoying a proud history that stretches back to 1971, the All Stars award scheme continues to occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of the GAA public and I want to warmly congratulate the chosen players and know that it will be a massive honour for not only them and their families, but also for the Clubs who started them out on the road to being inter county heroes and now GAA GPA All Stars. I also want to thank Opel for their continuing support”.
Dessie Farrell, Gaelic Players Association Chief Executive, added: "As always the annual selection of the All Star teams will be a source of great debate over the winter, but the announcement of the first All Star 15 is an appropriate time to celebrate the contribution of all county players during a dramatic 2016 season. Thanks to the selection panel of journalists from the print and broadcast media who had the difficult task of picking the final 15. Good luck to the 45 hurling nominees tomorrow night and we look forward to seeing who will be unveiled as players of the year and young players of the year. Thanks to Aogán Ó Fearghaíl and the GAA and GPA teams who helped organise this year's awards scheme and to our long-time supporters, Dave Sheeran and Opel Ireland for their outstanding sponsorship of the GAA-GPA All Stars".
The hurling selection will be announced live on Friday, November 4th when the Convention Centre in Dublin will host the 46th edition of the All Star awards. The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One from 7pm, will honour the best Gaelic footballers and hurlers in Ireland while the player of the year and young player of the year award winners will also be announced for both codes on the night. RTÉ’s Michael Lyster and Joanne Cantwell will present the live broadcast.
Since the All Star scheme was inaugurated in 1971 Tipperary have won 89 awards - Kilkenny lead the field on 179 awards with Cork second on 105 and Tipp third.
The entire Tipperary All-Ireland winning team has been nominated for a 2016 GAA-GPA Opel All-Star hurling award - the Premier County players dominate the shortlist (45 players). Waterford earned nine nominees, Kilkenny eight, Galway six, Clare two and Wexford two while Cork and Limerick had one player nominated. In 2010, when Tipperary last won an All-Ireland title, the county earned 14 nominations. Indeed, never before has an entire team been nominated for the prestigious honour.
Thurles Sarsfields’ Ronan Maher has been nominated alongside Waterford duo Austin Gleeson and Shane Bennett for the young player of the year award. Meanwhile Austin Gleeson has also been nominated for the player of the year award alongside Tipperary’s Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) and Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch).
These individual awards are voted on exclusively by the playing body (GPA members) while the All Star selection is chosen by a panel of sports journalists, media personalities and pundits.
The winner of the hurler of the year award, should a Premier man prevail, will join auspicious company - Tipperary have claimed the hurler of the year award on ten previous occasions: Tony Wall (1958), Liam Devaney (1961), Donie Nealon (1962), John Doyle (1964), Jimmy Doyle (1965), Michael Keating (1971), Nicky English (1989), Pat Fox (1991), Tommy Dunne (2001) and Lar Corbett (2010).
The full list of nominations is as follows:-
Goalkeepers: Colm Callanan (Galway), Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) & Darren Gleeson (Tipperary).
Defenders: Cian Dillon (Clare), Daithí Burke (Galway), Pádraig Mannion (Galway), Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Pádraig Walsh (Kilkenny), Diarmuid Byrnes (Limerick), Cathal Barrett (Tipperary), James Barry (Tipperary), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Séamus Kennedy (Tipperary), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary), Ronan Maher (Tipperary), Noel Connors (Waterford), Tadgh de Búrca (Waterford), Shane Fives (Waterford), Philip Mahony (Waterford) & Matthew O’Hanlon (Wexford).
Midfielders: David Burke (Galway), Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny), Michael Breen (Tipperary), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Jamie Barron (Waterford) & Kevin Moran (Waterford).
Forwards: Colm Galvin (Clare), Tony Kelly (Clare), Alan Cadogan (Cork), Joe Canning (Galway), Conor Cooney (Galway), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Walter Walsh (Kilkenny), Séamus Callanan (Tipperary), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Dan McCormack (Tipperary), John McGrath (Tipperary), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), John O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Pauric Mahony (Waterford), Michael Walsh (Waterford) & Lee Chin (Wexford).
TIPPERARY’S HURLING ALL-STARS 1971-2015
Goalkeeper: Pat McLoughney (1979), Pat McLoughney (1980), Ken Hogan (1987), Brendan Cummins (2000), Brendan Cummins (2001), Brendan Cummins (2003), Brendan Cummins (2008), Brendan Cummins (2010) & Darren Gleeson (2014).
Right Corner-Back: Paul Delaney (1991) & Paul Shelley (1997).
Full-Back: Noel Sheehy (1990), Noel Sheehy (1991), Philip Maher (2001), Declan Fanning (2007), Pádraic Maher (2009), Paul Curran (2010) & Paul Curran (2011).
Left Corner-Back: Tadhg O’Connor (1979) & Michael Cahill (2011).
Right Wing-Back: Tadhg O’Connor (1971), Tadhg O’Connor (1975), Conal Bonner (1989), Conal Bonner (1991), John Carroll (2000), Eamon Corcoran (2001) & Brendan Maher (2014).
Centre-Back: Michael Roche (1971), Bobby Ryan (1989), Conor O’Mahony (2008) & Pádraic Maher (2014).
Left Wing-Back: Bobby Ryan (1986), Bobby Ryan (1988), Paul Kelly (2002), Conor O'Mahony (2009) & Pádraic Maher (2011).
Midfield: Colm Bonner (1988), Declan Carr (1989), John Leahy (1991), Tommy Dunne (1997), Tommy Dunne (1999), Tommy Dunne (2001), Eddie Enright (2001), Paul Kelly (2005), Shane McGrath (2008), Brendan Maher (2010) & Shane McGrath (2014).
Right Wing-Forward: Francis Loughnane (1971), Francis Loughnane (1972), Francis Loughnane (1973), Nicky English (1983), Nicky English (1984), Nicky English (1985), Declan Ryan (1988), Michael Cleary (1990), Michael Cleary (1991), Mark O’Leary (2001), Lar Corbett (2009) & John O'Dwyer (2014).
Centre-Forward: Michael Keating (1971), Declan Ryan (1997), Noel McGrath (2010) & Patrick Maher (2014).
Left Wing-Forward: Aidan Ryan (1987), John Leahy (1994), John Leahy (1997) & Lar Corbett (2010).
Right Corner-Forward: Pat Fox (1987), Pat Fox (1989), Pat Fox (1991), Michael Cleary (1992), Michael Cleary (1993), Liam Cahill (1996), Eoin Kelly (2002), Eoin Kelly (2004), Eoin Kelly (2006) & Noel McGrath (2009).
Full-Forward: Nicky English (1987), Nicky English (1988), Cormac Bonner (1989), Cormac Bonner (1991), Eoin Kelly (2005), Lar Corbett (2011), Séamus Callanan (2014) & Séamus Callanan (2015).
Left Corner-Forward: Tommy Butler (1978), Nicky English (1989), Eoin Kelly (2001) & Eoin Kelly (2010).
CÚ CHULAINN AWARDS
Prior to the development of the All Star awards scheme the Cú Chulainn awards, run under the auspices of Gaelic Weekly magazine, ran from 1963 to 1967. During that period Tipperary won 26 awards.
Tipperary’s Cú Chulainn Award Winners:-
1963: John Doyle, Theo English, Jimmy Doyle & Liam Devaney.
1964: John Doyle, Tony Wall, Michael Roche, Jimmy Doyle, Michael Keating, John McKenna & Donie Nealon.
1965: John O’Donoghue, Kieran Carey, Tony Wall, Michael Roche, Jimmy Doyle, Donie Nealon, John McKenna & Seán McLoughlin.
1966: Theo English & John McKenna.
1967: Len Gaynor, Michael Roche, Tony Wall, Donie Nealon & Michael Keating.
No All Star or equivalent Cú Chulainn awards were presented between 1968 and 1970.