Limerick’s Cian Lynch, who won Hurler Of The Year at tonight’s 2018 PwC GAA/GPA All-Star awards in Dublin, says that his side aspires to be a dominant force in hurling like Dublin are in football.
The 22-year-old was also named in midfield on the hurling All-Star team for 2018, capping off an incredible season which saw the Treaty County end 45 years of hurt by finally lifting the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Lynch found out during the week that he won the award but decided not to tell his parents so to make tonight’s event at the National Convention Centre all that extra special.
“Barry (Cahill) rang me during the week and when I saw the phone ringing I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought he was just enquiring about something,” Lynch said before Friday night’s award ceremony.
“When I answered it and he said, ‘Cian, I’ve a bit of news, you’re after getting the Hurler of the Year’, it took me a second actually to realise what he said. To be honest, I didn’t believe him.”
Lynch continued: “I was questioning whether I’d tell the mother and father or not and I kind of said to myself that I won’t. It would be a great night for them to come up, they’re coming up expecting nothing, and to see me go up and collect the Hurler of the Year Award is going to be extra-special for them.
“Because, at the end of the day, it does go back to the mother and father. They were there with me since Day One and it’s an absolute honour to get it.”
The other big award of the night went to Dublin’s Brian Fenton, who won footballer of the year and Lynch revealed his admiration for Fenton and Jim Gavin’s side.
“Yeah, you see Dublin and what they’ve done, and I’m inspired by it. To hear that Brian has lost no championship game in the last four years and to get Footballer of the Year, I’m just delighted for him. The size of him, I didn’t realise how big he was!
“They’ve set the standard in the football and they’re a professional outfit who keep going about their business no matter what’s said or what’s done or what’s thrown at them. They just keep going.
“For us as hurlers, we’d aspire to be like them, be the Dublin of hurling if you like. But, for us at the moment, it’s about enjoying this year and now we’ll be getting back to the drawing board now.
“We’ll get back training and we’ll keep our heads down. There’s no point looking beyond the next few months and there’s no point getting carried away.
“2018 is going to be gone soon enough and 2019’s doors will open. It’s going to be open country again and I think anything is possible.”