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2015 GAA/GPA All-Stars revealed: TJ Reid and Jack McCaffrey pick up top player awards

Published 06/11/2015 | 19:50

Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey and Hurler of the Year TJ Reid
Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey and Hurler of the Year TJ Reid

Kilkenny's TJ Reid and Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey have been named the Opel GAA/GPA Hurler and Footballer of the Year after their stunning displays helped their county's to All-Ireland success.

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Reid (27) wins the award that his Ballyhale team mates Michael Fennelly and Henry Shefflin have won previously after amassing 4-32 across Kilkenny’s four championship games, 3-8 of which arrived in open play.

He struck a goal in each of the four game and was a nominee for man of the match in every encounter.

After a brilliant year in the Waterford half-back line, Tadhg de Búrca beat off competition from the Galway duo of Jason Flynn and Cathal Mannion to become the 2015 Young Hurler of the Year.

Jack McCaffrey is the Footballer of the Year after bringing his game on to another level this year.

He was astounding throughout the year and strong in the final despite suffering from a gastric bug in the week of the game.

6 November 2015; Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Kiera Doyle arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Kiera Doyle arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Naoimi McMahon, Clare, and Clare hurler Tony Kelly, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey arrives at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Galway hurlers Cathal Mannion, left, and Dathai Burke arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Cillian Buckley, Kilkenny, and Niamh Dowling arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Conor Whelan, Galway, and Adele Cadogan, Galway, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kevin Moran, Waterford, and Aoife O'Neill arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; James Barry, Tipperary, and Shannon Casey arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Peter Harte, Tyrone, and Aine Canavan, Tyrone, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny and Lorraine O'Shea arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny and Lorraine O'Shea arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Monaghan player, from left, Karl O'Connell, Rory Beggan, Conor McManus and Ryan Wylie arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Galway hurler Colm Callanan and Jen Callanan arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly and Leslie Devlin, Dublin, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny hurlers, from left, Joey Holden, Ger Aylward and Paul Murphy arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan and Anne Ryan arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Tipperary's Seamus Callanan and Lauren Browne, Tipperary, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Waterford's Tadhg de Búrca and Aileen Gallagher, Waterford, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Caitlin Deay and Bernard Deay, from Clane, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Keith Raymond, Sligo, and Emma O'Connor, Sligo, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Conor Quinn, Derry, and Breige Martin arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Keith Carmody, Kerry, and Rachel McElligott arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; John Egan, Kerry, and Linda Murphy arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Pat Kelly, left, Kerry, and Claire Monaghan, Cavan, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kerry's Shane Nolan, left, and Vanessa Houlihan, from Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Claire Byrne, left, and Billy Cudihy, both from Wicklow, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Samantha Kiernan, left, and Keith Keoghan, both from Meath, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny's T.J. Reid, left, and Waterford's Noel Connors arrives at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny's T.J. Reid arrives at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Shane Fives, Waterford, and Fiona Tobin, Waterford, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Waterford's Austin Gleeson and Grace Nolan arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Waterford hurler Philip Mahony and Anne-Marie Norris, Waterford, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Waterford hurler Barry Coughlan and Aoife Harold, Waterford, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny's Padraig Walsh and Sarah Hickey arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kerry footballer David Moran and Sinead Keane arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kerry footballer Paul Geaney and Siún Ní Shé arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Down's Fintan Conway and Aisling Conway arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Galway hurler David Burke and Laura Madden, Galway, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Westmeath's Eoin Price and Caroline Kelly arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Mayo's Lee Keegan and Aoife Duffy arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Westmeath footballer John Gilligan and Katie Summers arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Waterford's Colin Dunford and Megan O'Gorman arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Ronan McNabb, Tyrone, and Caoimhe McLaughlin arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny's Conor Fogarty and Orla Ryan arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Kilkenny's Kieran Joyce and Lorna Ferncomb arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Brendan and Catherine Keeley, Kerry, arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 November 2015; Galway hurler Padraig Mannion and Órlaith Cunningham arrive at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2015 Sponsored by Opel. Convention Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Bernard Brogan and Philly McMahon were unlucky to miss out on the top gong.

After receiving his award, McCaffrey said: "Between the three of us or between any player in the Dublin team... I would have been delighted if any of them won it.

"This is an absolutely unbelievable honour but it comes after winning the All-Ireland which was our primary goal. It could have been any Dublin lad.

"The last couple of years have been a rollercoaster for me, it's funny you are after showing about six clips of Diarmuid O'Connor scoring when I was supposed to be marking him.

"We just go every year and focus on every game, it's one of Jim's key ethos's and these things, the All-Irelands come from that.

"Jim's unbelievable, Dublin have been very lucky to have a few very good managers but Jim is the man that I've done most of my playing under and he's so practical in what he does, it's so simplistic just focus on every game as it comes be it an O'Byrne Cup match or the All-Ireland final, we go through the same process."

Seven of 11 Dublin nominations were included in the All Star XV. The team also included four players from All-Ireland runners-up Kerry, Lee keegan and Aidan O'Shea from Mayo, Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly and Monaghan's Conor McManus.

Dublin have now won 103 football All Stars in their history.

The Young Footballer of the Year was Mayo's Diarmuid O'Connor after a brilliant breakthrough season.

 

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2015 GAA/GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeepers

Nominations: Paul Durcan (Donegal), Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Rory Beggan (Monaghan).

Result: Brendan Kealy (Kerry)

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Defenders

Nominations: Frank McGlynn (Donegal), Ryan McHugh (Donegal), James McCarthy (Dublin), Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Philip McMahon (Dublin), Shane Enright (Kerry), Jonathan Lyne (Kerry), Keith Higgins (Mayo), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Chris Barrett (Mayo), Vinny Corey (Monaghan), Karl O’Connell (Monaghan), Cathal McCarron (Tyrone), Ronan McNamee (Tyrone), Ronan McNabb (Tyrone).

Result: Shane Enright (Kerry), Rory O'Carroll (Dublin), Philly McMahon (Dublin), Lee Keegan (Mayo), Cian O'Sullivan (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin.

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Midfield

Nominations: Neil Gallagher (Donegal), Brian Fenton (Dublin), Anthony Maher (Kerry), David Moran (Kerry), Tom Parsons (Mayo), Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone).

Result: Brian Fenton (Dublin), Anthony Maher (Dublin)

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Forwards

Nominations: Michael Murphy (Donegal), Paddy Andrews (Dublin), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Seán Quigley (Fermanagh), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry), Paul Geaney (Kerry), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Donie Kingston (Laois), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan) Peter Harte (Tyrone), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Kieran Martin (Westmeath)

Result: Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry), Conor McManus (Monaghan), Aidan O'Shea (Dublin), Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

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Young Footballer of the Year

Nominations: Ryan McHugh (Donegal), Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo), Ryan Wylie (Monaghan).

Result: Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo)

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Footballer of the Year

Nominations: Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin), Philip McMahon (Dublin).

Result: Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

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GAA/GPA Allstar Hurling Team 2015

1. Colm Callanan (Galway)

2. Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)

3. Joey Holden (Kilkenny)

4. Noel Connors (Waterford)

5. Daithi Burke (Galway)

6. Tadhg de Burca (Waterford)

7. Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny)

8. Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny)

9. David Burke (Galway)

10. Cathal Mannion (Galway)

11. Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

12. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

13. Ger Aylward (Kilkenny)

14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

15. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)

 

Young Hurler of the Year

Nominations: Jason Flynn (Galway), Cathal Mannion (Galway), Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford).

Result: Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford).

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Hurler of the Year

Nominations: TJ Reid (Kilkenny), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Séamus Callanan (Tipperary).

Result: TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

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