Karl Lacey, Henry Shefflin and Liam Ó Néill, at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2012 tonight. Credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
KARL LACEY AND Henry Shefflin have been named Footballer and Hurler of the Year respectively, at the 2012 GAA All-Star awards ceremony this evening.
Shefflin was rewarded for his typically inspirational form this year, as he helped Kilkenny win the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
It is the third time the star has won the accolade, having previously received it in 2002 and 2006.
Donegal’s Karl Lacey was also acknowledged for his role in helping Donegal to triumph in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship for the first time since 1992.
He thus becomes the first Donegal footballer ever to win the award since its inception in 1995.
Meanwhile, Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor was named Young Footballer of the Year, while Johnny Coen of Galway claimed the Young Hurler of the Year award.