Kerry star David Moran named Munster footballer of the year

Kerry’s David Moran has been named the 2015 Munster GAA footballer of the year.

Kerry star David Moran named Munster footballer of the year

The 27-year old will be honoured at the provincial council’s annual awards gala dinner in Dromoland Castle this Saturday.

Moran, off the back of an excellent 2014 campaign, carried his form into this year’s championship and was a crucial figure in Kerry’s Munster final replay win over Cork at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Another Kerry midfielder, Bernie Breen, has been selected as the ladies footballer of the year.

The long-serving Kingdom footballer was to the fore as Kerry scored a comprehensive 2-13 to 2-4 win over Cork to secure a second Munster crown in three years in July.

The manager of the year award will be collected by John Kiely, the former Limerick hurler steering his native county to provincial and All-Ireland U21 glory.

Kiely masterminded the foiling of Clare’s four-in-a-row bid in the Munster decider at Cusack Park before overseeing the county’s first All-Ireland hurling title at any grade since 2002 when hammering Wexford on the second Saturday in September.

Munster Council chairman Robert Frost said: “David Moran and Bernie Breen contributed hugely to their teams’ performances this year and are deserving winner of the top playing awards in Gaelic football and ladies football respectively.

“We had a wonderful U21 hurling championship in Munster with Limerick emerging as worthy winners. They added to that success by going on to win the All-Ireland title.

"Their performances all year were a tribute to the leadership and managerial skills of John Kiely and he is a deserving winner of manager of the year.”

The full list of winners are:

Lyndon Fairbrother, Tipperary (minor hurling); Mark O’Connor, Kerry (minor football); Cian Lynch, Limerick (U21 hurling); Steven O’Brien, Tipperary (U21 football); Diarmaid Byrnes, Limerick (intermediate hurling); Conor Cox, Kerry (junior football); Cáit Devane, Tipperary (camogie); Bernie Breen, Kerry (ladies football); Dominick Lynch, Kerry (handball); Michael Wadding, Waterford (Service to Refereeing); Jimmy Browne, LIT (Service to Education); Paul Collins, Tipperary (Media);Michael Ryan, Waterford (Special Merit); Ray Cummins, Cork (Football Hall of Fame); Ger Loughnane, Clare (Hurling Hall of Fame); Clonmel Commercial (Club of the year); John O’Dwyer, Tipperary (senior hurling); David Moran, Kerry (senior football); John Kiely, Limerick (manager of the year).

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