Football All-Star team announced

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The GAA and GPA have announced the 2014 Football All-Stars with All-Ireland champions Kerry leading the way with five awards after winning the final last month against Donegal.

Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, David Moran, Kieran Donaghy and James O’ Donoghue have all been selected in the 15 to round off a memorable year for Kerry, while beaten finalists Donegal received four awards.

Beaten semi-finalists Mayo and Dublin each earn three, and in all there are six first-time recipients of the awards sponsored by Opel.

The list is as follows:

Goalkeeper:

1. Paul Durcan (Donegal)

Full backs:

2.  Paul Murphy (Kerry)

3.  Neil McGee (Donegal)

4.  Keith Higgins (Mayo)

Half backs:

5. James McCarthy (Dublin)

6. Peter Crowley (Kerry)

7. Colm Boyle (Mayo)

Midfield:

8. Neil Gallagher (Donegal)

9. David Moran (Kerry)

Half forwards:

10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)

11. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

12. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)

Full forwards:

13. Cillian O’ Connor (Mayo)

14. Kieran Donaghy (Kerry)

15. James O’ Donoghue (Kerry)

GAA president Liam O’Neil said: “It was another superb year for our championships and the 15 footballers named on this team played their part in that, producing superb performances that powered their respective counties’ challenges.

“After an All-Ireland medal All-Star awards are cherished and the tradition and significance attached to them remind us of legacy that previous winners have left behind.

“I congratulate and laud all of the winners and those who featured on the nominees’ list. I’d also like to thank the GPA and Opel for their ongoing support of these awards.”

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell added: “Congratulations to this year’s All-Star footballers on their contributions to a magnificent season.”

The Hurling selection will be announced live on RTÉ television on Friday evening as will the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year winners in both codes.

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