It was a successful night for All-Ireland champions, Limerick, at the PwC GAA/GPA All-Star awards with six players named on the team of the year. To top it off, star midfielder, Cian Lynch, was named the Hurler of the Year.
The 22-year-old beat off stiff competition in the form of Galway duo, Joe Canning and Padraic Mannion and was visibly emotional when interviewed afterwards by RTE’s Joanne Cantwell.
In the articulate interview, Lynch paid tribute to his teammates, family and club, Patrickswell.
“I see my parents up there, they brought me to games as a young lad and I remember running onto the pitch to get Joe Canning’s autograph, Dan Shanahan’s autograph, for me to have the opportunity to stand up here, it goes back to small things. It goes back to the family.”
“The appreciation I want to show to the fifteen lads of Limerick and the other 16 lads who are at home because I always say you’re only as good on the pitch as the lads around you so this is to the rest of the lads.”
Lynch also joked that security were keeping a firm on his mother who managed to bypass the stewards after the final whistle on All Ireland final day to reach her son in what turned out to be one of the GAA photos of the year.
Watch the full interview below:
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) November 2, 2018