“Bonner” Maher wins Munster GAA Senior Hurler award


The Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Awards 2012 will take place on Saturday December 1st at the Malton Hotel, Killarney.
Cork and Tipp take Senior Titles at 2012 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Tipperary hurler Patrick “Bonner” Maher and Cork footballer Donncha O’Connor were today named the top winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards 2012. The awards will be presented on Saturday night (December 1st) at a gala dinner in the Malton Hotel in Killarney where over 30 players, officials and legends will receive accolades.

Tipp hurler Patrick “Bonner” Maher was outstanding for this year’s back to back Munster Champions. He’s been a constant fixture for his county in recent years, during which he has amassed three Munster Senior Hurling titles and All-Ireland titles at Senior, Under 21 and Minor Hurling level.

Cork’s Donncha O’Connor was announced as Senior Footballer of the Year and he will also be presented his award in Killarney on Saturday night.

Speaking on the announcement of these winners, Bord Gáis Energy GAA Ambassador Ger Cunningham said “I am delighted that the hard work and achievements of both Patrick Maher and Donncha O’Connor will be recognised at the awards this weekend. Both players have been outstanding for their respective counties over the last few years.”

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Sean Walsh, Chairman of Munster GAA said “Bonner Maher and Donncha O’Connor contributed hugely to their teams march through Munster to secure titles for Tipperary and Cork respectively.”

Other winners announced today were Services to Refereeing – John Motherway (Cork); Services in Education – Tim O’Byrne (Waterford); Distinguished Service to GAA – Harry Greensmyth (Limerick) and Media Award – Weeshie Fogarty (Kerry).

The Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards will take place on Saturday, 1 December at 8pm in the Malton Hotel, Killarney.


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Senior Hurler of the Year – Patrick “Bonner” Maher (Tipperary)

Patrick “Bonner” Maher is one of hurling’s hardest working players. Having missed the start of the 2012 Championship through injury he made an immediate impact when he came on with less than 30 minutes to go against Limerick. His performance helped secure a victory for Tipperary and he went on to play a big part in their wins over Cork and Waterford to win his third Munster title. In his career to date, Patrick has won All-Ireland medals at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level in addition to winning a County Intermediate Hurling title with his club Lorrha. Patrick is a richly deserving winner of this year’s Munster Senior Hurler of the Year award.

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