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Published 08/11/2013 | 20:00

Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley and Clare hurler Tony Kelly with their 2013 GAA GPA All-Star Player of the Year awards
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley with his 2013 GAA GPA All-Star award and his Player of the Year award, sponsored by Opel, at the 2013 GAA GPA All-Star awards in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurler Tony Kelly with his 2013 GAA GPA All-Star awards, sponsored by Opel, including Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, at the 2013 GAA GPA All-Star awards in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurlers Pádraic Collins and Shane O'Donnell arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Ciaran Kilkenny arrives ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Kerry hurler Shane Noland with Venessa Houilihan, from Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurlers Colin Ryan, left, and Domhnaill O'Donovan with Rachel Keaney, left, and Louise Raleigh ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Mayo footballers and brothers Seamus, left, and Aidan O'Shea with their parents Shiela and Jim ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin hurler Daniel Sutcliffe and Michelle Mooney arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurler Brendan Bugler and Josephine Crowe arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurlers Colin Ryan, left, and Domhnaill O'Donovan ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Stephen Cluxton and Joanne O'Connor arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Sisters Sarah, left, and Lorna Rowe arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurler David McInerney and Emma Casey arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
*** IMAGE EMBARGOED *** Strictly no publication until 9pm 8th November 2013 8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley, left, and Clare hurler Tony Kelly with their 2013 GAA GPA All-Star Player of the Year awards, at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013, Sponsored by Opel. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Monaghan footbaler Colin Walshe and Kerrie Ward arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurler Patrick Donnellan and Edel Leahy ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Cork's Séamus Harnedy and Tessa O'Gorman arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballers Jack McCaffrey, left, and Paddy Andrews ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Cian O'Sullivan and Danielle Byrne arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin hurler Liam Rushe and Sinead McKeon arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Limerick hurler Richie McCarthy and Ruth Ryan ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Clare hurlers Shane O'Donnell, left, and Pádraic Collins are interviewed ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Kerry footballer Marc O Sé and wife Sarah ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Mayo footballer Lee Keegan arrives ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballers Stephen Cluxton, left, and Paul Flynn with Joanne O'Connor and Fiona Hudson, right, ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Keira Doyle arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 November 2013; Dublin footballer Paul Flynn ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Dublin's hard-running midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley and the Clare's skillfull centre forward Tony Kelly have been named the GAA GPA football and hurling Players of the Year.

The All-Star hurling team was revealed yesterday leaving just the young player and player of the year awards to be handed out and Tony Kelly plundered both awards for the Banner county.

Michael Darragh Macauley was a deserving winner of the top footballer of the year having been shortlisted with Stephen Cluxton and Lee Keegan.

All-Ireland football champions Dublin lead the way in this year’s GAA GPA All-Star football line up with six awards.

Team captain goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton lands his fifth award equalling the haul achieved by legendary county netminder John O’Leary.

He is joined in the team by Rory O’Carroll, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Darragh Macauley, Paul Flynn and Bernard Brogan.

Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire
Goalkeeper: Stephen Cluxton
Corner-back: Colin Walshe
Full-back: Rory O'Carroll
Corner-back: Keith Higgins
Half-back: Lee Keegan
Centre-back: Cian O'Sullivan
Half-back: Colm Boyle
Midfielder and Footballer of the Year: Michael Darragh Macauley
Midfielder: Aidan O’Shea
Half-forward: Paul Flynn
Centre-forward: Colm Cooper
Half-forward: Sean Kavanagh
Corner-forward: James O'Donoghue
Full-forward: Bernard Brogan
Corner-forward: Conor McManus
Young Player of the Year: Jack McCaffrey

He was not named in the All Star first XV but Jack McCaffrey took the award for the Young Football of the Year beating off competition from Paul Mannion and previous winner Cillian O'Connor of Mayo.

Beaten All-Ireland finalists and Connacht champions Mayo follow with four awards and Monaghan, Tyrone and Kerry are also represented on the team.

Cork's Anthony Nash gets the nod for the goalkeeper position from Martin Breheny
Goalkeeper: Anthony Nash
Full-backs: Richie McCarthy (Limerick)
Full-backs: Peter Kelly (Dublin)
Full-backs: David McInerney (Clare)
Half-backs: Brendan Bugler (Clare)
Half-backs:Liam Rushe (Dublin)
Half-backs: Patrick Donnellan (Clare)
Midfielders: Colm Galvin (Clare)
Midfielders: Conor Ryan (Clare)
Half-forwards: Seamus Harnedy (Cork)
Half-forward: Tony Kelly (Clare)(Also crowned Young Player and player of the Year)
Half-forwards: Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)
Full-forwards: Conor McGrath (Clare)
Full-forwards: Patrick Hogan (Cork)
Full-forwards: Podge Collins (Clare)

In all there are seven first time winners – O’Carroll, Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle, Cian O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Shea, James O’Donoghue and Conor McManus.

The half forward line of Paul Flynn, Colm Cooper and Seán Cavanagh can boast of a final combined haul of 15 awards between them with Cooper leading the way with no fewer than seven.

The Player of the year awards were presented to the following players:

Footballer of the Year

Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

Hurler of the Year

Tony Kelly (Clare)

Young Footballer of the Year

Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Young Hurler of the Year

Tony Kelly (Clare)

 

2013 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeeper

1.Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

 

Full backs

2. Colin Walshe (Monaghan)

3. Rory O’Carroll (Dublin)

4. Keith Higgins (Mayo)

 

Half backs

5. Lee Keegan (Mayo)

6. Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin)

7. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

 

Midfield

8. Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

9. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)

 

Half forwards

10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)

11. Colm Cooper (Kerry)

12. Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone)

 

Full forwards

13. James O’Donoghue (Kerry)

14. Bernard Brogan (Dublin)

15. Conor McManus (Monaghan)

 

2013 GAA GPA Hurling All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeeper

1.Anthony Nash (Cork)

 

Full backs

2. Richie McCarthy (Limerick)

3. Peter Kelly (Dublin)

4. David McInerney (Clare)

 

Half backs

5. Brendan Bugler (Clare)

6. Liam Rushe (Dublin)

7. Patrick Donnellan (Clare)

 

Midfield

8. Colm Galvin (Clare)

9. Conor Ryan (Clare)

 

Half forwards

10. Séamus Harnedy (Cork)

11. Tony Kelly (Clare)

12. Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)

 

Full forwards

13. Pádraic Collins (Clare)

14. Patrick Horgan (Cork)

15. Conor McGrath (Clare)

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