Dapper Minors step into the spotlight

NOT only did Kerry’s Minor footballers pick up the bulk of the awards up for grabs at the Electric Ireland All-Stars gala ceremony in Croke Park at the weekend, they also emerged triumphant in the style stakes.

Eight of the star-studded team that made history when they clinched four-in-a-row All-Ireland titles were named on the Team of the Year and they were afforded a rousing ovation at the presentation ceremony hosted by RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey at headquarters.

Looking as if they had just stepped off the fashion catwalk in Paris or Milan, the dapper teenagers cut quite a dash as they stepped up to receive their individual awards and pose for the posse of photographers and the gathering stood to applaud their remarkable achievements.

Deividas Uosis from Dingle is the All-Star goalkeeper, Cian Gammell from Killarney Legion, Michael Potts of Dr Crokes and Niall Donohue from Firies form the backbone of the defence, the impressive Barry Mahony is at midfield, the outstanding David Clifford from Fossa is joined by Donal O’Sullivan from Kilgarvan in the half forward line and Fiachra Clifford of Laune Rangers, who netted two terrific goals in the final, is in the full forward line.

The 2017 Kerry Minor All-Stars, seated in front, from left, Niall Donohue, David Clifford and Cian Gammell with, at back from left, Donal O’Sullivan, Michael Potts, Barry Mahony, Fiachra Clifford and Deividas Uosis

It came as no surprise to those in attendance at the gala luncheon that the young man whose name is on everyone’s lips, David Clifford, was also named Player of the Year.

The All-Star line-up also features players from Derry, Dublin and Cavan and the team was selected by a four-man awards selection panel comprising Meath senior football manager Andy McEntee, former Cork hurler and current Clare hurling selector, Dónal Óg Cusack, former Armagh All-Star Oisín McConville and former Galway hurler and All-Ireland Club hurling championship winning manager, Mattie Kenny.

Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Electric Ireland, said: “These 15 players have provided some amazing football this year and we are delighted to be able to honour them and all those who support them. I’ve no doubt these players will be stars of the future”.

Jack O’Connor, who guided Kerry to the first of two of their four-in-a-row wins, was presented with a special merit award by legendary commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

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