'It was pretty amazing' - Galway star Burke reflects on winning Tribesmen's first football All Star in 15 years
IAN BURKE has described his first All Star award as "pretty amazing" after his inclusion, as the only Galway man, on this year’s PwC football team of the year.
The Corofin attacker thus became the first Galway footballer to win an All Star in 15 years, dating back to current manager Kevin Walsh’s inclusion on the 2003 team.
"It was a huge honour just to be nominated with the six other Galway lads. I think it was a good testament of the year that Galway football had," said Burke, reflecting on a year that saw Galway reach a Division 1 final, win Connacht and topple Kerry in the 'Super 8s' before eventually succumbing to Dublin at the All-Ireland semi-final stage.
"We'd be very much about the team collective, so it was nice to have the seven lads who performed well all year. And then just to win one was a huge honour for me and my family and my club – so, yeah, it was pretty amazing."
Burke was one of several Galway forwards, the others being skipper Damien Comer and Shane Walsh, possessing strong All Star claims.
Asked if he was surprised by his selection, he replied: "I was absolutely delighted to get it. Kevin Walsh rang me the night before with the news, and I suppose it was a nice phone call to get."
Burke’s more immediate concern is Corofin’s latest AIB Connacht club final appearance, against Ballintubber of Mayo on Sunday week.
A fractured rib led to him missing the Galway SFC final replay against Mountbellew-Moylough (as his club completed a storied six-in-a-row) and then last Sunday’s Connacht semi-final rout of Clann na nGael.
"I hurt my ribs in the county semi-final, but they’re 100pc again so I'm looking forward to Sunday week," Burke declared.
"I missed two games. I played the first county final - didn’t realise the extent of it, thought it may have just been bruising. Got the scan on the Monday and realised, so it was just a matter of resting up for two or three weeks. So, kind of raring to go again."