Dublin footballer Ciarán Kilkenny has been named as the 2012 Cadbury Hero of the Future at an announcement in Croke Park.
Kilkenny was a key member of the Dublin Under-21 team which defeated Roscommon in the Under-21 All-Ireland final on 6 May.
Paraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA said: "I would like to congratulate Ciarán on his award, it is a fantastic award to receive and he stands in very good company looking at the previous winners."
Duffy continued: “It has been a fantastic championship with thrilling contests and excellent attendances throughout. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cadbury for their continued support and congratulate them on their innovative sponsorship activation which has seen them bring the Cadbury GAA U21 Football Championship to the widest possible audience in the most engaging manner possible.”
The judges gave particular mention to Cavan’s Kevin Tierney and Roscommon’s Donie Smith who performed well in the public vote and also performed admirably in their county’s U21 championship charge.
As the overall winner Kilkenny received a specially commissioned bronze award, and a cheque value of €1,000. In addition to this, Ciarán’s club, Castleknock, also received a grant of €500 as did the Dublin county board.
Dublin Manager Jim Gavin was also presented with an award to mark Dublin’s achievement in winning the U21 Championship, Gavin’s second U21 All-Ireland in three years.
2012 Cadbury Hero of the Future nominees:
Donie Smith – Roscommon
Niall Kilroy – Roscommon
Cathal Shine – Roscommon
Niall Daly – Roscommon
Brian Egan –Sligo
Ciarán Kilkenny – Dublin
Paul Hudson – Dublin
Emmet O'Conghaile – Dublin
Jack McCaffrey – Dublin
Philip Ryan – Dublin
William Woods – Louth
Donal Óg Hodnett – Cork
Brian Hurley – Cork
James Walsh – Kerry
Kevin Tierney – Cavan
Darren McCurry –Tyrone