Waterford’s GAA Stars will celebrate their achievements during 2015 at a gala dinner in the Granville Hotel this Saturday, January 9th, with Kilkenny legend DJ Carey certain to prove an insightful guest speaker.
Eleven monthly awards were chosen during the year and all will be honoured on the night with the overall winner rewarded with the prize of a luxury weekend break.
Judges Liam Cusack, Stephen Frampton, Tomas McCarthy and Michael Drislane have the very difficult task of deciding an overall winner from the 11 sporting heroes.
The public has also had their say with 25 percent of the vote, being decided in a social media campaign on WLRfm’s Facebook page.
January- Maurice O’Gorman
Maurice O’Gorman was part of the Waterford football team that ended a 34-year wait for silverware as the team claimed the McGrath Cup.
February- Pauric Mahony
The Ballygunner forward was in tremendous form for both Waterford and WIT. In the league, he 11 points against Limerick and he scored 1-14 in the win over Laois. He also scored 1-18 for WIT in their win over Maynooth.
March- Tadgh de Burca
The Clashmore/Kinsalebeg defender was in terrific form throughout the league as Waterford won promotion back to Division 1 A. His performances during the year secured him an All-Star award, and Young Hurler of the Year award.
April- Kevin Moran.
Kevin Moran was in outstanding form in the team’s knockout wins over Galway and Tipperary. He had the honour of becoming just the third Waterford captain to lift the league trophy.
May- Beth Carton
The two goals Carton scored were crucial in helping Waterford Camogie team beat Laois in the Division 2 league final. She also helped Waterford win the All Ireland Intermediate title in Croke Park.
June- Maurice Shanahan
Shanahan was top scorer in Waterford’s Munster semi-final win over Cork as the Déise followed up their national league success.
July- Michael Walsh
The Stradbally hurler was one of Waterford’s best performers in the Munster final, in the All-Ireland quarter final win over Dublin and against Tipperary in the Provincial final.
August- Patricia Jackman
The Gaultier player retained her All-Ireland Poc Fada title for the seventh time and helped Waterford’s Camogie side reach their first ever All Ireland Intermediate final.
September- Aileen Wall
Ballymacabry’s Aileen Wall helped her club retain their county title. She also played crucial role in Waterford winning the Intermediate All-Ireland title.
October- David O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan played a captain’s part as Ballygunner retained their county title with a four points win over Tallow.
November- Shane Lannon
Shane Lannon turned in a superb performance in the Senior Football County final as Stradbally regained the Conway cup to bring their haul to 18 senior titles.