As the 2023 inter-county year recedes into the past, there are a few housekeeping jobs here on the blog that remain to be done. One of them is the purpose of this post, which is to open the poll on our Player of the Year for 2023.
It was, of course, a season of spring highs followed by bitter summer disappointment for us. A year that promised so much but which ended with our second successive hammering at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage, leaving us, once again, out of the real conversation where it came to the destination of the Sam Maguire.
Through those highs and lows, however, a number of players stood out for us in 2023. The Player of the Year shortlist set out below is derived, as it always is, from the Man of the Match poll data here on the blog, with the numbers used covering the eight National League matches we played and the six Championship ones.
Having run the numbers, the only decision I’m left to make is how many players to include in the shortlist. The omission of certain players always brings forth howls about such-and-such being worthy of a mention and so forth but that misses the point of the poll, which is to identify our best performer this year, not to provide a roll-call of everyone who did alright.
So, with that clear objective in mind, which of the four players listed below merits the accolade of our Player of the Year? The voting is now open on that very question.
Who was our Player of the Year for 2023?
- Jordan Flynn (33%, 538 Votes)
- Diarmuid O'Connor (25%, 403 Votes)
- Aidan O'Shea (23%, 378 Votes)
- Ryan O'Donoghue (19%, 303 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,622