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GAA Young Player of the Year and All-Star nomination for Rian O’Neill coupled with All-Star nomination for Jarleth Óg Burns

Fresh from picking up their Irish News All-Star awards Armagh’s young stars Jarlath Óg Burns and Rian Ó Neill have been further rewarded as nominees for the PwC All-Star football awards. Rian has also been shortlisted along with Kerry duo David Clifford & Seán Ó Shea for GAA GPA Young Player of the Year 2019. 

As well as voting on the overall Player of the Year accolade, intercounty players will also be asked to vote on who they believe is the Young Footballer of the Year with the announcement being made live on RTÉ TV at the PwC All-Star night on Friday, November 1 in Dublin’s Convention Centre.

Five in a row history makers Dublin have been rewarded with a baker’s dozen in this year’s list and the All-Ireland champions have made it a clean sweep of nominees for the GAA GPA Footballer of the Year award for the second season in a row, with Stephen Cluxton, Jack McCaffrey and Con O’Callaghan to be voted on by their fellow peers before an announcement is made

Congratulating the list of nominees, Uachtarán CLG John Horan said: “To be chosen as one of the stand out performers in what was a special Gaelic football season is a major honour and I congratulate all of those who have made this distinguished shortlist.

“I am delighted to see so many counties deservedly represented and while it is a significant individual achievement, it is also a source of immense pride shared by the families and clubs to which all of these star players belong. My thanks to PwC for their support and commitment to the institution that is the GAA GPA All-Stars scheme.”

Paul Flynn, Chief Executive of the GPA said: “Congratulations to all of the footballers who have been nominated for PwC All-Star Awards for 2019. It’s been another fantastic year on the pitch for all of the nominees. I know from personal experience what a huge honour it is to receive an All-Star and it’s important we recognise the talent that these players have and worked hard for.”

The PwC All-Stars are chosen by a committee made up of members of the national broadcast, print and digital media. The final selection of 15 players will be made late next month.


Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

Shaun Patton (Donegal)

Shane Ryan (Kerry)


David Byrne (Dublin)

Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

James McCarthy (Dublin)

Mick Fitzsimons (Dublin)

John Small (Dublin)

Paul Murphy (Kerry)

Tadhg Morley (Kerry)

Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Colm Boyle (Mayo)

Paddy Durcan (Mayo)

Chris Barrett (Mayo)

Stephen McMenamin (Donegal)

Ryan McHugh (Donegal)

Donal Keogan (Meath)

Conor McGill (Meath)

Conor Moynagh (Cavan)

Ronan McNamee (Tyrone)

Niall Daly (Roscommon)


Brian Fenton (Dublin)

Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)

David Moran (Kerry)

Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)

Jarlath Og Burns

Jarlath Óg Burns (Armagh)

Bryan Menton (Meath)


Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)

Brian Howard (Dublin)

Paul Mannion (Dublin)

Dean Rock (Dublin)

Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

David Clifford (Kerry)

Paul Geaney (Kerry)

Seán O’Shea (Kerry)

Stephen O’Brien (Kerry)

Jamie Brennan (Donegal)

Michael Murphy (Donegal)

Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

Cathal McShane (Tyrone)

Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

Conor Cox (Roscommon)

Rían O’Neill (Armagh)

Brian Hurley (Cork)

Jamie Malone (Clare)

County by county breakdown: Dublin 13, Kerry 9, Donegal 6, Mayo 4, Tyrone 3, Meath 3, Armagh 2, Roscommon 2, Cavan 1, Clare 1, Cork 1.

GAA GPA Player of the Year 2019 Nominees

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)

Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

GAA GPA Young Player of the Year 2019 Nominees

David Clifford (Kerry)

Seán O’Shea (Kerry)

Rian O’Neill

Rían O’Neill (Armagh)