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Clare’s Darach Honan Wins Inaugural Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year

06.10.09

Clare's Darach Honan - Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the YearClare's Darach Honan - Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year

Clare forward Darach Honan has been selected for the inaugural Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award. The Clonlara clubman was picked from a shortlist that included heavy hitters Joe Canning and Richie Hogan to claim the €1,000 prize. Also in the running were Honan’s team mates John Conlon and Colin Ryan and Kilkenny’s John Mulhall.

Clare forward Darach Honan has been selected for the inaugural Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award.  The Clonlara clubman was picked from a shortlist that included heavy hitters Joe Canning and Richie Hogan to claim the €1,000 prize. Also in the running were Honan’s team mates John Conlon and Colin Ryan and Kilkenny’s John Mulhall.

Honan was selected as the outstanding player of the 2009 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship following the pivotal role he played in bringing Clare to their first ever All-Ireland final at U-21 level.  It was a historic victory for the Banner and, despite having only just emerged from the county’s Minor set up last year, the forward put in two Man of the Match performances during the journey, against Waterford in the Munster Final and in the thrilling semi final encounter with Galway.

Ger Cunningham, Bord Gáis Energy Sport Sponsorship Manager and member of the award’s selection panel said, “Darach has emerged from this year’s Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 Championship as one of the top talents for the future. He has all the attributes, skill, strength and determination to succeed at senior level. I firmly believe he has a long and successful hurling career ahead of him.

“This is the first Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year Award to be presented and it will in time I hope, become a recognised indicator of future talent in the game of hurling.”

On receiving the award, Darach said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for this award and for me it caps a hugely memorable year. To be recognised at this level is very special.

“I am very proud to have played a part in Clare’s first ever U-21 Hurling All-Ireland victory and I would like to pay special tribute to all my team mates and the coaching and management staff who have all worked so hard over the past few months.  I hope now we can build and develop on our success and look forward to doing so in 2010.” 

The selection panel was completed by RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey, Micheál O Domhnaill of TG4 and the GAA’s Sponsorship Manager, Paul Dermody.

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship 2009 Results & Fixtures

Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
20th May: Kilkenny (1-21) v Laois (1-10)
27th May: Kildare (1-3) v Dublin (1-10)
10th June: Dublin (1-24) v Wexford (0-8)
  Kilkenny (0-18) v Offaly (0-15)
15th July:   FINAL: Kilkenny (2-20) v Dublin (1-19)
Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
3rd June: Quarter Final Cork (0-25) v Tipperary (2-22)
15th July: Semi Final: Clare (4-22) v Limerick (2-13)
  Semi Final : Waterford (3-21) v Tipperary (2-14)
29th July:  FINAL: Waterford (2-12) v Clare (2-17)
Bord Gáis Energy Ulster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
15th July: Quarter Final Armagh (3-18) v Monaghan (1-3)
22nd July: Semi Final: Antrim (5-25) v Armagh (1-11)
  Semi Final: Derry (3-15) v Down (3-9)
29th July:   FINAL: Antrim (1-19) v Derry (0-9)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship

22nd August:  All-Ireland Semi Final:  Kilkenny (2-22) v Antrim (2-7)
  All-Ireland Semi Final: Clare (3-23) v Galway (5-15)
13th September

All-Ireland Final Clare (0-15) v Kilkenny (0-14)
Contacts

Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
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Email: smacdhai@bordgais.ie
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