Eoin Murphy is an All Star again.
The Kilkenny shot stopper was the first name in the teamsheet for the 2018 PwC All Star awards as announced on Friday night.
There was yet more glory for All-Ireland champions Limerick this evening as they were awarded six places on the PwC All-Star hurling team of 2018, and star players Cian Lynch and Kyle Hayes were unveiled as the Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year at Dublin’s Convention Centre.
It was a big night for the Treaty County. After defeating Galway to win their first Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1973, the six PwC All-Stars captured here brings their overall total to 53 hurling awards, and the 2018 tally is one better than the five awards they received when they defeated Kilkenny in the 1973 decider.
Sean Finn, Richie English, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey dominate the defence, while Cian Lynch is named in midfield, with Graham Mulcahy completing the full forward line.
Four other counties share in the awards with Kilkenny’s Eoin Murphy picking up his second PwC All-Star for his goalkeeping heroics.
Galway dual star Daithí Burke makes it a remarkable four in a row for All-Star awards at full back, while Hurler of the Year Nominee Galway’s Pádraic Mannion is named at wing back.
Cork’s Darragh Fitzgibbon completes the midfield line up, with his Rebel County teammates Seamus Harnedy and Patrick Horgan named in the attack – where Horgan is now a three-time All-Star.
Joe Canning is again named in the centre forward position and claims a staggering fifth career PwC All-Star in the process. Clare’s prolific duo of John Conlon and Peter Duggan complete the forward list.
2018 PwC All-Stars Hurling
1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny) Previous winner in 2016
2. Sean Finn (Limerick)
3. Daithí Burke (Galway) Previous winner in 2015/16/17
4. Richie English (Limerick)
5. Pádraic Mannion (Galway) Previous winner in 2017
6. Declan Hannon (Limerick)
7. Dan Morrissey (Limerick)
8. Cian Lynch (Limerick)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork)
10. Peter Duggan (Clare)
11. Joe Canning (Galway) Previous winner in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017
12. Seamus Harnedy (Cork) Previous winner in 2013
13. Patrick Horgan (Cork) Previous winner in 2013, 2017
14. John Conlon (Clare)
15. Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick)