GAA award winners revealed
Mikey Lee and Seanie Furlong named as county stars
THE cream of the Wicklow GAA crop were announced at the Wicklow GAA Convention in Aughrim last Saturday night.
After a rather disappointing year for the county footballers it was ace marksman Seanie Furlong from Kiltegan who was awarded the County Player of the Year award.
A league success is nothing to be sneezed at and despite the exit from the Christy Ring Cup the efforts of Mikey Lee from Bray did not go unrewarded as it was announced that he will pick up the County Hurler of the Year award at the ceremony in early 2015.
When it comes to Senior club football there were many possibilities including several from the Rathnew club and indeed, so it proved to be, when Peter Dignam’s name was called aloud.
The Rathnew goalkeeper’s penalty save in the county final and his efforts in the Leinster club championship no doubt helping his cause along the way.
In Senior club hurling it just had to be a Bray Emmets player and in the cold light of day it just had to be John Henderson. Some things don’t need to be teased out.
Some things are just a fact and the Bray centre-half back was legendary in 2014.
Intermediate club football saw the Aughrim men come good after several attempts and their talisman Robert Lambert was named as player of the year at this grade.
So telling was his influence that when his comrades went to play the Kilkenny club champions in the Leinster campaign they appeared a rudderless outfit with the Wicklow goalkeeper away on holidays.
In the Intermediate hurling circles the award was given to the full deserving James Manley who starred this year in both codes.
In the Junior ‘A’ football championship the man mountain that drove Blessington to dramatically deprive Kilmacanogue of a championship title, Barry O’Donovan, could hardly be overlooked.
Bray’s Luke O’Reilly drove his Junior hurling team to victory to complete a marvellous season for the hurlers from the town.
It was a Bray Emmets man who claimed the Junior ‘B’ football award as well with Peter Walsh getting the nod.
Blessington’s Michael O’Leary claimed the Junior ‘C’ football award while in Minor, Ciaran McGettigan from the victorious St. Pat’s side won player of the year in football while the superb Enda Donoghue won the hurling award at Minor level.
Donard-the Glen’s Kellie O’Neill was quite rightly named as camogie’s player of the year while Sarah Jane Winder put the disaster of a championship final defeat in 2013 behind her to again captain her beloved Baltinglass and guide them to Senior victory in 2014.
In handball Richard Willoughby Senior was the man to watch in 2014 and club person of the year went to Blessington’s Mick Curran.
County Senior Footballer - Seanie Furlong (Kiltegan); Club Senior Footballer - Peter Dignam (Rathnew); Intermediate Footballer - Robert Lambert (Aughrim); Junior A Footballer - Barry O’Donovan (Blessing- ton); Junior B Footballer - Peter Walsh (Bray Emmets); Junior C Footballer - Michael O’Leary (Blessington); Minor Footballer - Ciaran McGettingan (St. Pat- rick’s); County Senior Hurler - Mikey Lee (Bray Emmets); Club Senior Hurler - John Henderson (Bray Emmets); Intermediate Hurler - James Manley (Gle- nealy); Junior Hurler - Luke O’Reilly (Bray Emmets); Minor Hurler - Enda O’Donohue (Carnew Emmets); Handball - Richard Willoughby (Coolboy); Club Person of the Year - Mick Curran (Blessington); Camogie - Kelly O’Neill (Donard-The Glen); Ladies football - Sarah Jane Winder (Baltinglass)
Bray’s Mikey Lee who sCooped the County Player of the Year award.
Kiltegan’s Seanie Furlong, player of the year in 2014.