Maher and O’Connor scoop top Munster accolades

Two leading inter-county performers yesterday scooped the top accolades when the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards for 2012 were announced.

Patrick “Bonner” Maher got the nod for his outstanding role in Tipperary’s back-to-back Munster senior hurling championship wins, while Cork footballer Donncha O’Connor played a huge part in their triumphant Munster run.

The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Malton Hotel, Killarney where over 30 players, officials and legends will receive accolades.

Maher was terrific for Típperary hurlers this year. He’s been a constant fixture for his county in recent years, during which he has amassed three Munster senior hurling championship medals as well as All-Ireland medals at senior, U21 and minor levels.

Cork’s Donncha O’Connor was again on top of his game and played a pivotal role in their Munster final win over Limerick.

An All-Ireland winner in 2010, when they beat Down in the final, Cork’s run ended this year when beaten by champions Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Speaking on the announcement, Bord Gáis Energy GAA Ambassador Ger Cunningham said: “I am delighted the hard work and achievements of both Patrick Maher and Donncha O’Connor will be recognised at the awards this weekend. Both have been outstanding for their respective counties over the last few years.”

Also speaking on the announcement, Munster Council chairman Sean Walsh said “Bonner Maher and Donncha O’Connor contributed hugely to their teams march through Munster to secure titles for Tipperary and Cork, respectively.”

Other winners announced were: Services to Refereeing — John Motherway (Cork); Services in Education — Tim O’Byrne (Waterford); Distinguished Service to GAA — Harry Greensmyth (Limerick) and Media Award — Weeshie Fogarty (Kerry).

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