PHOTO GALLERY: Kildare's top GAA players honoured at annual awards

Low key affair in Ardclough

Tommy Callaghan


Tommy Callaghan


The 2017 GAA Awards ceremony was held at Ardclough GAA Headquarters, home of the senior hurling champions, on Saturday night last, December 2.

In a low key affair, Co. Board Chairman Ger Donnelly presented the various winners with their awards in a ceremony in which Pat Costello acted as MC for the night.

Kildare minor hurlers were the only team winners, following their success in the Leinster Minor Hurling League, a final they defeated Dublin after extra time.

The award winners were as follows:
Kildare Leinster Minor Hurling League winners - Co. Footballer of the Year: winner Kevin Feely; also nominated Eoin Doyle (Naas) and Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge). County Senior Hurler of the Year: winner, David Reidy (Dromin Athlacca); also nominated Paul Divilly (Confey) and Chris Bonus (Clane). Senior Club Footballer of the Year: winner, Eanna O'Connor (Moorefield); also nominated Mark Dempsey (Moorefield) and Kevin Flynn (Celbridge). Senior Club Hurler of the Year winner Paudie Ryan (Ardclough); also nominated Martin Fitzgerald (Ardclough) and Richie Ryan (Naas).

Intermediate Club Footballer of the Year: winner David Malone (Raheens); also nominated Paddy Woodgate (Raheens) and Jack Robinson (Clogherinkoe). Intermediate Club Hurler of the Year: winner Kevin Whelan (Naas), also nominated Michael Gillick (Maynooth) and Eoin Roche (Celbridge). Junior Club Footballer of the Year: winner Eoin Kavanagh (Ballymore Eustace), also nominated Jake Corrigan (Caragh) and Michael Stewart Byrne (Ballymore Eustace). Junior Club Hurler of the Year: winner, Declan O'Toole (Éire Óg Corrachoill); also nominated Dean Hanley (Broadford) and Dave Ryan (Broadford).
Handballer of the Year: winner Brendan Higginbotham (Ballymore Eustace).