Galway’s Shane Walsh is among those nominated for the 2021 PwC football All-Star awards in the list of candidates announced today.
Walsh is one of 45 players put forward for the All-Star lineup from 11 different counties this year.
Tyrone is dominating the lost, no surprise from the most recent All-Ireland champions, with runners-up Mayo coming in second with eight nominations.
Walsh has been nominated among the forwards, where he is up against a slew of strong opposition, with Tyrone and Kerry dominating the list, but other players in the running from Mayo, Dublin, Monaghan, Kildare, Donegal, Armagh, and Clare.
Congratulating the nominees, Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy said there was high competition to make it into the list of 45 nominees after an “exceptional” football championship.
“This is a great honour and one that will be celebrated by the players; their families and clubs. The on-going support of PwC for this illustrious awards scheme is greatly appreciated and I look forward to the deliberations around the final 15 to add to the rich All-Star history”.
This year is special, not only because it was fantastic to see the footballers take back to the field as the pandemic began to ease, but also as it marks the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Awards.
Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner at PwC offered his congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for the 2021 awards.
“Their stellar performances have allowed us to enjoy a superb championship, despite the challenging year. These well-deserved nominations are a testament to their abilities, both individually and as part of a team.”
The nominations were chosen by a panel of Gaelic Games correspondents from across, print, radio, TV and digital media, chaired by Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy.
The PwC All-Stars for Football 2021 will be announced live on the night of the awards which will be held on December 10 in a televised ceremony.
The full list of nominees for the 2021 Football All-Star Awards is:
PwC All-Stars Football nominations 2021
Rob Hennelly (Mayo)
Rory Beggan (Monaghan)
Niall Morgan (Tyrone)
Padraig Hampsey, Peter Harte, Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Kieran McGeary, Conor Meyler Frank Burns (all Tyrone)
Stephen Coen, Patrick Durcan, Lee Keegan, Padraig Ó Hóra (all Mayo)
Tom O’Sullivan, Gavin White, Brian Ó Beaglaoich (all Kerry)
Michael Fitzsimons, Brian Howard (all Dublin)
Seán Meehan (Cork)
Ryan McAnespie (Monaghan)
Brian Kennedy, Con Kilpatrick (all Tyrone)
Matthew Ruane (Mayo)
David Moran (Kerry)
Oisín O’Neill (Armagh)
Brian Fenton (Dublin)
Mattie Donnelly, Conor McKenna, Niall Sludden, Darren McCurry, Cathal McShane (all Tyrone)
David Clifford, Paudie Clifford, Sean O’Shea (all Kerry)
Tommy Conroy, Ryan O’Donoghue (all Mayo)
Cormac Costello, Ciaran Kilkenny (all Dublin)
Jack McCarron (Monaghan)
Daniel Flynn (Kildare)
Michael Langan (Donegal)
Rian O’Neill (Armagh)
Eoin Cleary (Clare)
Shane Walsh (Galway)
PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year
Lee Keegan (Mayo),
Conor Meyler (Tyrone),
Kieran McGeary (Tyrone)
PwC GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year nominees
Matthew Tierney (Galway)
Oisin Mullin (Mayo)
Darragh Canavan (Tyrone)