9 Attempts For Glory – All Stars 2021

Its that time of year again, the time where GAA players across the county get the credit they deserve after long hard fought battles throughout the GAA season. 
Now even though not everyone can be a winner, having eight players and one young footballer of the year nomination is yet another reason for us to realise how lucky we are to have exceptional talent representing the county.
 
 
Rob Hennelly
A first time nomination for the Breaffy man and after an exceptional first season as number 1 keeper its safe to say its a well deserved nomination.
The goals can be one of the toughest places to be on a GAA field but out of the 10 years that Hennelly has been in the Mayo goals this season above all he has proven that one game does not define you.
After David Clarke hung up his Mayo jersey earlier this year it was a huge task to fill in his shoes but being his first season wearing the number 1 jersey I couldn’t be more prouder of Hennelly.
That Dublin match was one of the best days to say you were from County Mayo, the amount of pressure for just that one kick that turned into such joy will simply be remembered forever and I couldn’t be more happier for Rob.
Padraig O’Hora
From the moment I first got introduced to O’Hora I had no doubt he was going to be  a star and this season we saw just that
                                                              Matthew Ruane
Securing his second nomination, the Breaffy man just keeps showing how hard work and determination really pays off.
There’s no doubt that Matthew played a vital role for Mayo getting to a second consecutive All Ireland Final.
From countless man of the match performances and vital scores each match, safe to say its no surprise that Ruane is on the nominee list.
If we rewind a couple of years back it was the arrivals like Ruane, Durcan , Boland that started to evolution of Mayo football.
Having gotten  to meet Ruane in August, the one main thing I said to him “Your an unreal footballer” and he’s one that always puts his heart out on the pitch.
Tommy Conroy

Last season we got introduced to the trio of Conroy, Mullin and Mc Laughlin and within no time they made their mark in an incredible 1st year.

Having a year of senior under their belt this year I had no doubt we would be seeing the same or even better form.
At such a young age Conroy has achieved so much in his 2 years senior and it couldn’t be a more deserving of this nomination.
                                                             Lee Keegan
The Westport native will forever be known as one of the best to ever wear the Mayo shirt.
The 4x All Star winner has become an inspiration to the future of GAA players and has added yet another great year in the green and red jersey.
Yet again I wasn’t surprised to see Keegan on the shortlist because the impact that man has made over the years, the legacy created over the years, one of the main people that make Mayo GAA the magic that it is today
Paddy Durcan
The Castlebar Mitchells player has been a star ever since he first wore his senior jersey and has been an exceptional addition to the seniors since making his debut.
Yet again I wasn’t surprised that Durcan got his well deserved recognition and with 1 All Star already under his belt the Mitchels player has created another incredible year in the Mayo jersey.
Ryan O’Donoghue

2021 was the year we got to see the rise of Ryan and Darren McHale and its safe to say they did not disappoint.

His 1st year being senior and Ryan made sure he made his mark.
It was a huge task to fill in for Cillian while he was injured and you gain even more respect for Ryan knowing the pressure he was under.
Its safe to say it will be the first of many nominations for the Belmullet student and only the beginning of an incredible career in the green and red jersey for Ryan.
                                                                        Stephen Coen
A first time nomination for the Hollymount native and well deserved after a great year for him.
When the retirements happened earlier last year the one question on everyone’s mind was who would step up to the plate.
Coen became a regular for Horan this year and I always love to see people getting the opportunities they deserve.
A well deserved nomination for Coen and I have no doubt it will be the first of many.
Oisin Mullin
A Young Footballer Of The Year for the Kilmaine native couldn’t be more deserving for Mullin.
We got to see the the second year of a great senior career for Mullin.
Mullin didn’t let an injury get in the way and made sure he made a  name for himself in his second year and couldn’t be more deserving of this nomination.
Congratulations to all nominees and Best of luck ahead of December 10th !
 

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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