Tipperary stars John O’Dwyer and Cáit Devane get top awards at 2015 Munster GAA awards

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer has been named the 2015 Munster GAA hurler of the year. The 24-year old will be honoured at the provincial council’s annual awards gala dinner in Dromoland Castle this Saturday.

Tipperary stars John O’Dwyer and Cáit Devane get top awards at 2015 Munster GAA awards

O’Dwyer hit 12 points in Tipperary’s run to Munster championship glory this summer, their first since 2012; including 0-7 in the semi-final hammering of Limerick.

Another Tipperary forward, Cáit Devane, has been selected as the Munster GAA camogie player of the year.

Though only 22, Devane was handed the role of Tipperary captain for 2015 and was awarded player of the match for her eight-point contribution in their narrow Munster final defeat to Cork.

Devane also picked up player of the tournament at the Kilmacud 7’s for her performances with Clonoulty/Rossmore.

First-time Munster senior club football champions Clonmel Commercials will collect the club award of the year. Commercials are the first Tipperary team to annex the Munster senior crown and have also been the dominant force at underage level in the Premier County in recent times — they are the present five-in-a-row champions at minor and U16 level.

Kerry’s Dominick Lynch, who captured an O35’s double in the World Handball Championships in Calgary — singles and doubles, is the handball recipient.

“I would like to congratulate John, Cáit, Dominick and Clonmel Commercials on their well-deserved awards following their outstanding displays during 2015,” said Munster Council chairman Robert Frost.

“They have set very high standards of achievement in their varied contributions to the family of Gaelic Games.”

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Tipperary’s Steven O’Brien will pick up the U21 hurling and football awards respectively.

Tipperary corner-forward Lyndon Fairbrother will be handed the minor hurler-of-the-year award, with Kerry’s All-Ireland minor winning captain Mark O’Connor receiving the football equivalent.

Jimmy Browne will be presented with the Services for Education award for his work at LIT.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Nickie Quaid has been named as the new Limerick senior hurling captain for 2016. The 26-year old takes over from Donal O’Grady. Seamus Hickey is the Treaty County’s new vice-captain, replacing Paudie O’Brien.

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