LOVELY HURLING Mayo hurler David Kenny from Tooreen was presented with his Christy Ring ‘Champion 15’ award by GAA President John Horan and GPA CEO Paul Flynn during last Friday night's PwC All Stars in Dublin. Pic: Sportsfile
THERE’S no doubting that David Kenny’s Christy Ring All Star award he picked up on Friday night was well-deserved, but the man himself was caught unawares by it.
He got a phone call two days beforehand to tell him he’ d been picked at left-corner forward and had forgotten the awards were even on.
With Tooreen preparing for a Connacht Intermediate club semi-final against St Gabriel’s in Ruislip, London next Saturday, Kenny’s mind was elsewhere.
“It was a nice little surprise,” the former All-Ireland winning minor and under-21 footballer told The Mayo News last night, just as he returned from the gym.
“I wasn’t really expecting it. I had forgotten even that the awards were coming up. All I was thinking of was the trip to London and all of a sudden I get the call. It’s a nice honour. It’s lovely to get the recognition and get some silverware home.”
It’s his second All Star after winning his first in 2013, the same year he won All-Ireland minor football and hurling winners’ medals.
This season was an indifferent one for Mayo; they earned promotion to Division 2A of the league before being relegated from the Christy Ring Cup in championship.
“It will be great to be in Division 2A where we will be playing against teams like Westmeath, London and Kerry, but we’re in the Nicky Rackard in the championship and we want to get straight back out of it to Christy Ring, where we feel we deserve to be.
“I’d say we’re the only team in Nicky Rackard in Division 2A. There will be some Liam McCarthy Cup teams there. It’s a great run of games for us to get before the Nicky Rackard.”
Before that though are his club duties with Tooreen as the Mayo champions head to London in a bid to return to a second successive Connacht final after provincial glory last year.
They face a strong St Gabriel’s side in a redeveloped Ruislip.
“We know what they’re about. They’re really strong in hurling and love their hurling. They’re going to be a very tough opposition but we will relish the chance. We will try to stay with them and hope we’re still in it at half-time and see where we go from there. I’m really looking forward to it.”