Nine Dublin hurlers have been included among the 2013 GAA GPA All-Stars nominations.
This year Dublin captured the Bob O’Keeffe Cup when crowned Leinster champions for the first time since 1961 after they overwhelmed Galway in the provincial decider.
Prior to that Anthony Daly’s men had beaten last year’s All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny, in a provincial semi-final replay.
The nine are Gary Maguire, Peter Kelly, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton, Joey Boland, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Ryan and David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan.
All-Ireland champions Clare dominate the shortlist with 13 nominations and are obviously in pole position for the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.
The GAA GPA All-Star awards ceremony on Friday, November 8 will, for the first time, be held at Croke Park.
2013 GAA GPA HURLING ALL-STAR NOMINATIONS
GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Nash (Cork), Patrick Kelly (Clare), Gary Maguire (Dublin).
FULL-BACKS: David McInerney (Clare), Domhnall O’Donovan (Clare), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Tom Condon (Limerick), Peter Kelly (Dublin), Shane O’Neill (Cork), Conor O’Sullivan (Cork), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Tomás Waters (Wexford).
HALF-BACKS: Brendan Bugler (Clare), Patrick Donnellan (Clare), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Michael Carton (Dublin), Brian Murphy (Cork), Wayne McNamara (Limerick), Gavin O’Mahony (Limerick), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny), Michael Walsh (Waterford).
MIDFIELD: Conor Ryan (Clare), Colm Galvin (Clare), Joey Boland (Dublin), Paul Browne (Limerick), Daniel Kearney (Cork), Kevin Moran (Waterford).
HALF-FORWARDS: Tony Kelly (Clare), John Conlon (Clare), Colin Ryan (Clare), Séamus Harnedy (Cork), Patrick Cronin (Cork), Conal Keaney (Dublin), Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), James Ryan (Limerick), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny).
FULL-FORWARDS: Pádraic Collins (Clare), Conor McGrath (Clare), Shane O’Donnell (Clare), Patrick Horgan (Cork), Conor Lehane (Cork), Paul Ryan (Dublin), David O’Callaghan (Dublin), Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny).
NOMINEES FOR PLAYER OF YEAR: Tony Kelly (Clare), Anthony Nash (Cork), Pádraic Collins (Clare).
NOMINEES FOR YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tony Kelly (Clare), David McInerney (Clare), Pádraic Collins (Clare).
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN: Clare – 13, Cork – 9, Dublin – 9, Limerick – 7, Kilkenny – 4, Waterford – 2, Wexford – 1.