Kilkenny hurling star Henry Shefflin could join GAA legends DJ Carey and Pat Spillane on nine GAA All Stars after being nominated for the prestigious prize.

Shefflin’s Kilkenny team-mate Tommy Walsh received his seventh consecutive nomination.

John Mullane (Waterford), Lar Corbett (Tipperary) and Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) will battle it out for the Player of the Year accolade, while the Young Player of the Year nominees are Joe Canning (Galway), Padraig Maher (Tipperary) and Noel McGrath (Tipperary).

Beaten All-Ireland SFC finalists Tipperary will take some consolation from the fact that they have one more player nominated than the champions, with all bar two of the Tipperary side that started the Croke Park showdown on the nominations list.

The are 14 first-time nominees on the list: Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, James Woodlock, Pat Kerwick, John O'Brien, Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Stephen Hiney, Alan McCrabbe, David Treacy (Dublin), Fergal Moore, Aengus Callinan (Galway), Gavin O'Mahony (Limerick), Noel Connors (Waterford) and Michael Rice (Kilkenny).

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly has been nominated for his sixth award, while Michael ‘Brick‘ Walsh (Waterford) and Declan Fanning (Tipperary), who were previously selected as All Stars at midfield and full-back respectively, have been nominated for the half-back line this time around.

The GAA All Stars banquet will be held on Friday, 16 October.

The 2009 football nominations will be announced on Thursday.

GAA All Stars, sponsored by Vodafone, Hurling Nominations for 2009:

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
PJ Ryan (Kilkenny)
Clinton Hennessy (Waterford)

Full Backs:
JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)
Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny)
Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny)
Padraig Maher (Tipperary)
Paddy Stapleton (Tipperary)
Ollie Canning (Galway)
Fergal Moore (Galway)
Noel Connors (Waterford)
Shane O’Neill (Cork)

Half Backs:
John Tennyson (Kilkenny)
Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)
Michael Walsh (Waterford)
Tony Browne (Waterford)
Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary)
Declan Fanning (Tipperary)
John Lee (Galway)
Mark Foley (Limerick)
Stephen Hiney (Dublin)

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)
Alan McCrabbe (Dublin)
Shane McGrath (Tipperary)
James Woodlock (Tipperary)
Seamus Hickey (Limerick)
Gavin O’Mahony (Limerick)

Half Forwards:
Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny)
Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)
Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)
Lar Corbett (Tipperary)
Pat Kerwick (Tipperary)
John O’Brien (Tipperary)
Ben O’Connor (Cork)
Aonghus Callinan (Galway)

Full Forwards:
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)
Noel McGrath (Tipperary)
Joe Canning (Galway)
Damien Hayes (Galway)
Martin Comerford (Kilkenny)
Richie Power (Kilkenny)
David O’Callaghan (Dublin)
David Treacy (Dublin)
John Mullane (Waterford)

Hurler of the Year
Lar Corbett (Tipperary)
John Mullane (Waterford)
Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

Young Hurler of the Year
Joe Canning (Galway)
Padraig Maher (Tipperary)
Noel McGrath (Tipperary)