Richie McCarthy and James O’Donoghue take Munster awards
David Fitzgerald wins manager of the year title
Kerry’s James O’Donoghue in action against Dublin during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park in September. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
Limerick hurler Richie McCarthy and Kerry footballer James O’Donoghue will be presented with provincial player of the year awards at Saturday’s Bórd Gáis Energy Munster GAA awards. Clare’s David Fitzgerald won the manager of the year award after leading the county to this year’s All-Ireland hurling title.
It completes a productive end of year for McCarthy and O’Donoghue, who each won their first All Star awards last month. McCarthy was man of the match for Limerick in their defeat of defending champions Tipperary in June’s Munster semi-final whereas O’Donoghue was devastating in Kerry’s two big performances, against Cork in the Munster final and Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final, in which he scored 2-3.
Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Sports Star of the Year Awards – Senior hurler: Richie McCarthy (Limerick); Senior footballer: James O’Donoghue (Kerry); Manager: David Fitzgerald (Clare); Minor hurling: Ronan Lynch (Limerick); Minor football: Jack Savage (Kerry); U21 hurling: Colm Galvin (Clare); U21 football: Brian Hurley (Cork); Intermediate hurling: Darragh Egan (Tipperary); Junior football: Ruairí Deane (Cork); Camogie: Michelle Casey (Limerick); Ladies Football: Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry); Handballer: Colin Crehan (Clare); Service to refereeing: Michael Keane (Cork); Service in education: Liam Hodnett (Cork); Media Award: Paddy Finucane (Tipperary); Distinguished service to the GAA: Pádraig Mac Mathúna (Clare); Special Merit Award: Seán Power (Waterford); Hall of Fame football: Mike Sheehy (Kerry); Hall of Fame hurling: John Galvin (Waterford); Club of Year: Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary).