The most emphatic manner in which Longford Slashers won the County Senior Football Championship title this season has been reflected in the voting process for the Brendan Gilmore Security sponsored 2010 Team of the Championship with no less than nine members of their successful side selected for the Longford version of the All-Star Awards.
Nominated by the readers of the Longford Leader, Slashers players Dermot Brady, Paul Kelly, Barry Gilleran, Gareth Ghee, Niall Mulligan, David Sheridan, Stephen Phillips and brothers Colin and Mark Smith will be honoured at the annual Gala Awards Night in the Longford Arms Hotel on Friday December 17.
GAA President Christy Cooney is the special guest and tickets are priced at 50 euro each. (Contact Michael Carrigy 087-2915072). Other guests at the big event will be the members of the Longford senior hurling squad who won the Lory Meagher Cup All-Ireland 'D' Championship this year and they will receive their medals at the County Board function.
Three members of the Dromard side that lost to Longford Slashers in this year's Connolly Cup decider have also made the All-Stars team, notably Damien Sheridan, Diarmuid Masterson and Francis McGee, while two of the remaining three positions went to Mullinalaghta brothers Kevin and Shane Mulligan who inspired St. Columba's to a shock win over the 2009 champions Clonguish in the earlier rounds.
Completing the 2010 Team of the Championship is Brian Farrell who produced some impressive performances as his club Mostrim done well to reach the semi-final stage.
Three Longford Slashers players have been nominated for the senior player of the year award, notably captain Dermot Brady, Paul Kelly and Niall Mulligan, while selected in the intermediate player of the year category are John O'Shea, captain of the Carrickedmond team that won the title, Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore) and Shane Cox (Legan Sarsfields).
Ballymahon captured the Junior 'A' Championship title and two of their players, captain Matthew Daly and Thomas Mulvihill, are nominated for the junior player of the year along with Barry O'Farrell (Carrickedmond) while the hurling player of the year award will go to Gareth Ghee (Longford Slashers), Seamus Hannon (Wolfe Tones, Mostrim) or Joe O'Brien (Clonguish). All three are prominent dual players and Ghee, in particular, has been recognised for his fine performances in both codes in 2010 after also making the Team of the Championship.
Shortlisted for the ladies player of the year award are two members of the Killoe team that won the county senior championship this year, notably Elizabeth Brady and Sharon Treacy, while also nominated is Fiona Gettings (nee Blessington) from the Ballymore club.
The driving force behind the initiative, now in its fifth season, is County Board official Michael Carrigy from the Sean Connolly's club, Ballinalee and this year's selection process for the individual player of the year awards is set to follow a similar format to 2009.
Longford Leader readers are invited to text vote their preferred player for the coveted 'Players of the Championships' titles. Revenues from the text lines will go to the fundraising appeal – once again the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght - and the five winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on December 17. A four course meal will be served and music is by Dance On Band.