COVID cancels GAA-GPA All-Star awards banquet for second year

COVID cancels GAA-GPA All-Star awards banquet for second year

THE 2021 GAA-GPA All-Star awards banquet will not take place this year due to "ongoing challenges with Covid. The event has been cancelled for the second year in a row

Last year the event was scaled down event held at RTÉ studios last February to mark the 2020 season, which was the 50th year of the awards.

This years banquet was set to take place on Friday, 10 December at Croke Park, but now the decision has been made for RTÉ Two to broadcast an awards programme from 7pm.

"Due to the ongoing challenges with Covid, the GAA, and the GPA, along with partners PwC, have taken the decision to cancel this year’s All-Star, Joe McDonagh Cup TOTY and Champion 15 TOTY banquet originally planned for the CCD on Friday, 10 December," the GAA said.

"This decision has been taken with health and safety in mind."

The ladies football All-Stars was held last weekend while the camogie awards are expected to take place at Osprey Hotel in Kildare on 26 November.

All-Ireland champions Tyrone have 15 players included in the football nominations for All-Stars, with 11 different counties represented in all.

In hurling, All-Ireland champions Limerick have 15 nominations with nine counties among the nominees.

Last year Oisín Mullin was the PwC GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year. The Mayo defender is again shortlisted in 2021, where he is joined by Galway star Matthew Tierney and Tyrone ace Darragh Canavan on the shortlist.

After their historic run of six All-Ireland titles in a row ended last summer, Leinster champions Dublin have five nominations.