EDENDERRY captain Richie Dalton and Coolderry marksman Damien Murray have been chosen as the Senior Footballer and Senior Hurler of the Year respectively in the Annual Offaly GAA/Bridge House Hotel Awards.
The selections were made by local sports journalists and the winners were announced at the Offaly GAA Convention last Thursday.
Dalton lead Edenderry to an against the odds win in the Senior Football Championship kicking five points from placed balls in the thrilling win in the final over Clara.
Murray was a consistent star all year for Coolderry on their way to an historic first Leinster Club title scoring heavily throughout the campaign
Meanwhile Rhode stalwart Jack Kilmurray has been selected as the Intermediate Footballer of the Year, Cappincur’s Noel Andrew Graham picks up the Junior Award, Cian Donohue of St Brigid’s is the U-21 recipient while Joe Maher from Ferbane/Belmont gets the Minor Award.
Shannonbridge’s Damien Brazil again was chosen as the Football Referee of the Year for the third year in a row while ‘the Ironman from Rhode’ Paddy McCormack will be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
Rhode’s Orlagh Heavey is the inaugural winner of the Ladies Footballer of the Year which was introduced for the first time this year.
In Hurling Brosna Gaels’ Chris McDonald picks up the Intermediate Award, St Rynagh’s Eunan Martin is the Junior recipient, Ballinamere Gaels’ David Magner was chosen at U-21 with Peter Geraghty of Kilcormac/Killoughey picking up the Minor Award.
All Ireland Senior Hurling Final Referee Brian Gavin not surprisingly was chosen as the Hurling Referee of the Year while Pat Joe Whelehan, a player with St Ryangh’s and most noted as an All Ireland Club winning manager with Birr, will be inducted into the Hurling Hall of Fame.
As with Ladies Football, a Camogie Player of the Year was chosen for the first time with the award going to Drumcullen’s Elaine Dermody.
The awards take place in the Bridge House Hotel on Friday, January 13.