Paul Walsh named Minor Footballer of the Year

Kerry's All-Ireland Minor winning forward, Paul Walsh has been named as Electric Ireland Minor Footballer of the Year at the second annual Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards in Croke Park.

Walsh was a key figure as Kerry secured their fifth Minor All-Ireland title. The Brosna clubman was the scorer of 1-7 in the Munster Minor Football final win over Clare and notched three points in the All-Ireland semi-final against Monaghan and another four as Galway were seen off in the All-Ireland decider.

Speaking following the announcement of the Electric Ireland Football Player of the Year award, Paul said: "This is a very proud moment for me as a player and all the coaches that have coached me down through the years, but especially for my club, Brosna GAA, who have been supporting me from when I was 5 or 6 and started playing. So this award is for them as well!"

Walsh was announced as Footballer of the year as part of this year's Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards. The event celebrated the Minor Football and Hurling Teams of the Year, who were joined by their families and representatives from their County boards and management teams in Croke Park.

The Awards emphasise that there is 'nothing minor about playing Minor' and honour the best individual performers from the entire season. They also recognise the crucial and admirable part played by the families, club members and communities of players who have helped them to get to this point in their sporting career.

The four-man awards selection panel who chose the awardees, was unveiled in May, consisting of former All-Star winning Tyrone football captain, Sean Cavanagh, All-Star winning former Cork footballer, Daniel Goulding, eight-time All-Ireland winning former Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly and four-time All-Star former Galway defender, Ollie Canning.