In recognition of their great achievement in winning back the Connolly Cup this season, Killoe Emmet Og dominate the list of nominations for the 2014 Team of the Championship with 12 members of their triumphant Senior Championship team in contention for the Longford version of the All-Stars Awards.
In an exciting new format, a total of 30 players have been nominated for the 15 positions as voted for by the readers of the Longford Leader with the Intermediate finalists Carrickedmond and Sean Connolly’s also represented on the selection. This year’s Team of the Championship will be announced at the Gala Awards Night in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday week, November 29th.
The breakdown of nominations is as follows: Killoe (12), Mullinalaghta (6), Dromard (5), Clonguish (3), Colmcille (1), Longford Slashers (1), Carrickedmond (1) and Sean Connolly’s (1).
Goalkeepers (2): Stephen Watters (Clonguish) and Garret Higgins (Carrickedmond).
Defenders (12): Joe McCormack, Michael Quinn, Shane Dowd, Cian Farrelly, Darragh Bennett and Daniel Keogh (all Killoe); Mullinalaghta trio Shane Mulligan, James McGivney and Conan Brady; Peter Reynolds (Dromard), Enda Williams (Clonguish) and Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers).
Midfielders (4): Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Paddy Thompson (Killoe) and Mullinalaghta duo John Keegan and Ruairi McElligott.
Forwards (12): Daniel Mimnagh, Denis McGoldrick, Sean McCormack, Mark Hughes and Larry Moran (all Killoe); Dromard trio Ronan McEntire, Cian Mimnagh and Ross McNerney; David McGivney (Mullinalaghta), Barry McKeon (Colmcille), Paul Barden (Clonguish) and Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s).
Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe), Darragh Bennett (Killoe) and Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta) are nominated for the coveted 2014 Senior Football Championship Player of the Year while selected in the Intermediate player of the year category are Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Garret Higgins (Carrickedmond) and Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly’s).
In contention for the Junior player of the year are Diarmuid McRory and Sean Clarke from the champions Longford Slashers, along with Ger Carberry (Emmet Og), while the five-in-a-row county title winning Killoe ladies team have Edel Quinn and Ann Marie Bratten nominated for the player of the year award along with Fiona Blessington-Gettings (Ballymore).
Wolfe Tones, Mostrim won the Senior Hurling Championship title yet again this year and two of their players, Paddy Cullen and Martin Coyle, are on the shortlist for the 2014 hurling player of the year award along with Joe O’Brien (Clonguish).
See page 95 for full details of the 2014 Longford GAA All Stars nominations.