O'brien is popular winner of Cork GAA Sports Star of the Year accolade

JOHN TARRANT

Published 31/01/2013 | 14:39

Cork GAA Supreme Sports Star of the Year Peter O'Brien from Kildorrery pictured in the company of Kieran McGeary, Chief Executive 96/c103FM, John Lehane, Bob Ryan, Chairman Cork Co. Board and Finbarr McCarthy, Awards co-ordinator at a function in the... Credit: Photo by John Tarrant

KILDORRERY'S Peter O'Brien had his finger tips on many of the great endeavours accomplished by the North Cork hurling side during 2012 and the playmaker emerged a popular winner to the Cork GAA Supreme Sports Star of the Year at a gala banquet in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.

Outstanding Blackrock talent Stephen Murphy collected the Kieran O'Driscoll Memorial Award for Young Player of the Year with former Cork great John Fenton inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Co-ordinated by 96/c103 FM, the awards embraces all aspects of GAA within the county in addition to camogie, ladies football and handball.

The genial Peter O'Brien emerged a hugely instrumental on Kildorrery's triumphant march to claim the County Junior A Hurling Championship title last autumn. In doing so, O'Brien delivered two man of the match displays on Kildorrery's defeat of Brian Dillons to clinch a coveted hurling prize.

Down through the years, Kildorrery endured many disappointments, defeated in four county finals in five years.

And on receiving the award much to the approval of the 400 strong attendance, Peter expressed delight on gaining selection for Kildorrery's significant breakthrough.

"To be part of such exalted company with so much talents in these awards, it's a great honour for me to receive the honour. 2012 was a dream year for the club and I'm just one figure of a team effort. I was in attack with a job of getting the scores. Our previous losses are well documented. But at the end of 2012, we had three trophies on the table", he said.

The past season is now history and though disappointed to have failed to reach an All Ireland Club Final, new challenges confront Kildorrery.

"2013 is another task, the club holding intermediate status in both hurling and football. Though we have upwards of 34 players, the dual involvement will test our resources but we're capable of being thereabouts", he said.

Ever consistent, Peter secured the nod from Jimmy Barry Murphy to be part of this season's county senior hurling panel.

"Given my involvement with the club, the county have been accomodating and hopefully, I can make an impression with the senior squad," he said.

Young Stephen Murphy has proved hugely instrumental for Blackrock's dominance at Premier Minor and U21 Hurling championship titles. Inducted into the Hall of Fame was John Fenton, regarded as one of the most polished county hurlers of all time. At inter county level, Fenton climaxed a glittering career on leading Cork to land the Liam McCarthy Cup in the centenary year of 1984.

Finbarr McCarthy compered proceedings and speakers at the event included Kieran McGeary, CEO 96/c103FM, Sean Lehane, Rochestown Park Hotel and Bob Ryan, County GAA Board chairman.

Monthly winners in the 2012 Cork GAA Sports Star of the Year were January: Killian Murphy, Mallow, handball; February: Kevin Crowley, Millstreet, gaelic football; March: John Grainger, UCC, hurling; April: Michael Shields, St Finbarrs, gaelic football; May: Gemma O'Connor, camogie; June: Noel O'Leary, Cill na Martra, gaelic football; July: Cathal Vaughan, Iveleary, gaelic football; August: Donough Lucey, Bandon, hurling; September: Geraldine O'Flynn, ladies football; October: Donough Wiseman, Castletownbere, gaelic football; November: Adrian Mannix, Kilworth, hurling: December: Peter O'Brien, Kildorrery, hurling.

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