Senan Kilbride (Roscommon) and Kevin Moran (Waterford) have been announced as the GAA/GPA Opel All-Star Players of the Month in football and hurling respectively.
Recognised for their stand-out performances in recent weeks, the selections were chosen by the inter-county playing body, rewarding the contributions made by both players during their sides’ league campaigns.
Roscommon forward Senan Kilbride put in a sterling man of the match performance against the Mournemen, helping his county clinch victory in the Allianz League Division 2 Final.
The experienced St Brigid’s man scored a sensational four points from play as the Rossies enjoyed a 1-17 to 0-15 win over a 14-man Down. Roscommon will take on London in Ruislip in just four weeks time, as they kick off their 2015 Connacht SFC campaign.
Kevin Moran takes the honours in hurling, with Waterford crowned Division 1 champions in Thurles.
Acknowledged by his peers for his inspiration leadership throughout the Gentle County’s league campaign, the De La Salle man of the match collected three points from play in the final, as over 17,500 fans watched his side claim a 0-1 to 1-24 victory over Cork on the day.
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail said: "The recommencement of these valued awards signals the ends of our leagues and the onset of our championships and both of today's recipients - Kevin Moran and Senan Kilbride - can approach upcoming assignments in a positive frame of mind. Both had superb league campaigns and were rewarded in a team sense with Waterford and Roscommon claiming Allianz League honours in hurling and football respectively.
Dessie Farrell, GPA Chief Executive added: “Congratulations to Senan and Kevin for their outstanding performances in helping steer their respective counties to league success. Roscommon’s progress at underage and senior levels has been significant in recent years and securing a league title and a place in the top flight is a realisation of that progress. Senan was central to that achievement and he is a powerful leader up front for Roscommon.
He added; “Waterford have built a wonderful platform for this year’s championship by winning the league and Kevin’s influence on such a young side has been profound."