Kilkenny forward Eoin Cody has won the Young Hurler of the Year award at the 2021 PwC GAA/GPA All-Star awards.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks star, who was nominated alongside Cork’s Shane Barrett and Clare’s Aidan McCarthy, collects the prestigious award for the second consecutive year following a stellar start to his intercounty career in 2020 and 2021.
Cody was a shining light for Brian Cody’s men throughout 2021 as he consistently performed at the highest level against Wexford, Dublin and Cork throughout an eventful summer for the Leinster champions.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks sharp-shooter was also pivotal in helping his club retain the Kilkenny county championship and claim an historic four-in-a-row in the process.
Elsewhere, Limerick’s Cian Lynch has beat off stiff competition from teammates Kyle Hayes and Seán Finn to win 2021 Hurler of the Year.
The Patrickswell clubman wins the award again after he was voted the best hurler in Ireland for the first time as Limerick ended a 45-year wait for an All-Ireland title in 2018.
Lynch, who joins Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin in an illustrious group of players to have won the award on more than one occasion, was outstanding throughout the entirety of the championship, leading Limerick to a third Munster title in as many years as well as a retention of their All-Ireland crown.