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Cork star Aidan Walsh named Breaking Through Player of the Year

The youngster has been rewarded for his stunning eight-point haul in this year’s Munster U-21 final against Limerick.

Walsh looks destined for great things following his performances for Cork U-21s this year.
Walsh looks destined for great things following his performances for Cork U-21s this year.

CORK HURLER AIDAN Walsh has been named as the 2011 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year.

The player received the award today, in addition to a €1,000 voucher from Bord Gáis Energy.

Walsh beat six other shortlisted players to the award – Niall O’Donoghue, Niall Burke and Barry Daly of Galway, along with Limerick duo Shane Dowling and Declan Hannon, and Dublin captain Liam Rushe.

The 21-year-old registered eight points from play in the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Munster Hurling Championship, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Limerick from triumphing in the final.

Upon receiving the award, Walsh said:

“I am delighted to accept this award, especially considering the talent I was up against and I would like to congratulate the other lads for their own achievements this year.”

The selection panel included Bord Gáis Energy Sport Sponsorship Manager, Ger Cunningham, RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey, Micheál Ó Domhnaill of TG4, U-21 All-Ireland winner Joe Canning and ex-Waterford player Ken McGrath.

Walsh was also named as the Young Footballer of the Year in 2010.

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