Kevin Cassidy is one of the 2019 AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year nominees, while three Gaoth Dobhair players are named on the team of the year.
Cassidy was an inspirational player as Gaoth Dobhair ended a 12-year wait to win the Donegal Senior Football Championship in 2018.
Gaoth Dobhair went on to win the Ulster Club SFC with Cassidy again pivotal.
Gaoth Dobhair defeated Naomh Conaill in the Donegal SFC decider and went on to overcome Scotstown from Monaghan in a gripping Ulster final, needing extra time to finally lift the prize.
Cassidy’s Gaoth Dobhair colleagues Odhrán Mac Niallais and Odhrán Mcfadden-Ferry have also been named on the team of the year.
Their sojourn only ended at the All-Ireland semi-final phase when they lost out to eventual champions Corofin, who have seven players in the team.
Corofin duo Gary Sice and Kieran Molloy are short-listed with Cassidy for the player of the year award.
Sice and Molloy were monumental figures for the all-conquering Galway champions who successfully retained their AIB All-Ireland club title in such fine style on St Patrick’s Day – a fourth senior All-Ireland for the club in all.
Goalkeeper Bernard Power, defender Liam Silke, midfielder Daithí Burke and forwards Jason Leonard and Martin Farragher complete the seven strong Corofin representation.
Elsewhere, history making Leinster champions Mullinalaghta are represented by full back Patrick Fox and wing back Donal McElligott.
Munster champions and All-Ireland finalists Dr Crokes are represented by centre back Gavin White and forwards Kieran O’Leary and Tony Brosnan.
The team was chosen by a panel of national and regional media who considered outstanding performances over the provincial and All-Ireland series. The winner of the Footballer of the Year Award will be announced live on Saturday night at Croke Park and presented by Uachtarán John Horan.
Uachtarán Cumann Lúthcleas Gael, John Horan, said: “My congratulations to the players and the clubs who have been chosen for these awards on the back of what was another truly memorable AIB GAA Club Championship campaign.
“Every year the club championship produces a treasure trove of highlights; great stories of club endeavour, great battles and inspirational displays and of people and communities making memories to last a lifetime.
“These awards look to pay tribute to the stand out performers and our thanks to AIB for enabling us to make this scheme possible.”
AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards – Football 2019
- Bernard Power (Corofin)
- Liam Silke (Corofin)
- Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta)
- Odhrán McFadden-Ferry (Gaoth Dobhair)
- Kieran Molloy (Corofin)
- Gavin White (Dr. Crokes)
- Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta)
- Daithí Burke (Corofin)
- Odhrán MacNiallais (Gaoth Dobhair)
- Gary Sice (Corofin)
- Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)
- Jason Leonard (Corofin)
- Tony Brosnan (dr Crokes)
- Kevin Cassidy (Gaoth Dobhair)
- Martin Farragher (Corofin)
CLUB FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Kevin Cassidy (Gaoth Dobhair), Kieran Molloy (Corofin), Gary Sice (Corofin)