Limerick's dominance of the hurling championship has been reflected with a record 12 players included in the 2021 PWC All-Star Team of the Year, while Cork become the first All-Ireland finalists not to claim a single award.

As expected, the Treaty men dominate the team, with Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy, Waterford full-back Conor Prunty and Clare talisman Tony Kelly breaking up the green stranglehold.

The aforementioned Prunty, Barry Nash, Will O'Donoghue, Darragh O'Donovan, Peter Casey and Seamus Flanagan are the first-time winners in the team selection.

1. Eoin Murphy (Kilkenny)

Involved in one of the more unusual incidents this year as Hawkeye intervened to rule out a Wexford goal after Murphy had batted the ball down, the technology saying the sliotar had already gone over the bar, but a very strong season overall was capped by a sensational All-Ireland semi-final display against Cork as he pulled off a series of magnificent saves.

Edges out Limerick's Mr Dependable Nickie Quaid.

2. Seán Finn (Limerick)

Follow in the Limerick footsteps of Joe McKenna and Pat Hartigan in winning four successive awards and cements his position as the number one corner back in the game. Aged just 25, Finn's trophy cabinet may need expanding before his career finishes up.

Was forced to chase Shane Kingston's shadow for Cork's early goal in the final, but it was a rare error in another very consistent season.

3. Conor Prunty (Waterford)

The Déise captain had some real powerful performances this year, most notably when tracking Séamus Callanan in their quarter-final meeting with Tipperary. The Premier sharp-shooter hit two goals in the opening exchanges but rather than cower, Prunty charged at the challenge head on and dominated the duel from there on. Callanan didn’t add to his tally.

4. Barry Nash (Limerick)

One of the biggest cheers on All-Ireland final day was reserved for Barry Nash when the defender strode forward to strike over a fine point. A first-time winner, the corner-back’s distribution has been excellent this season and adds a real presence in around the Treaty square. Only 24 but operating like a veteran.

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)

An ankle injury put his final participation in doubt, but he was able to take his spot and looked as good as ever. As well as contributing from frees, Byrnes scored from play in all four of Limerick’s games en-route to the Liam MacCarthy – a great contribution across the campaign.

6. Declan Hannon (Limerick)

Joined the great Christy Ring as the only person to lift the Liam MacCarthy on three occasions, and who would bet against Declan Hannon going on to surpass the Cork legend on that front? The Adare man enjoyed his best All-Ireland final performance this year, chipping in with two monster scores. Taken off with five minutes remaining to allow the Treaty fans to show their appreciation.

7. Kyle Hayes (Limerick)

Probably had a quiet enough All-Ireland final by his own incredible standards, but his impact this year has been immense as he was one of Limerick’s best players all season. His goal in the comeback Munster-final win over Tipperary will live long in the memory.

8. William O’Donoghue (Limerick)

Prior to throw-in for this year's All-Ireland final, Anthony Daly was very forceful in stressing that Will O’Donoghue is one of the most underrated hurlers in the game. Has been the go-to guy to blot out an opposition threat around the middle but isn’t shy in helping out on the attacking end of things too and could pop up with a score. Picks up his first All-Star.

9. Darragh O'Donovan (Limerick)

It's hard to believe that, like his midfield partner, Darragh O'Donovan, is picking up his maiden All-Star. In 2020 the Doon man was the only Limerick player to start the All-Ireland final and not receive an All-Star nomination, but there was no chance of something similar repeating itself this time around. Not a prolific scorer - a point in both the All-Ireland final and semi-final, nothing in the Munster decider - but a crucial link man out of defence, efficient in possession and a huge work-rate to track runners.

10. Tom Morrissey (Limerick)

The Ahane man knocked over five points as Limerick produced a stunning comeback to defeat Tipperary in the Munster final and followed that with another five from play as John Kiely’s side bossed Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final. Hit three from play against Cork and had an effort at goal brilliantly saved by Patrick Collins late on.

11. Cian Lynch (Limerick)

GAA President Larry McCarthy called him "the destroyer" after the All-Ireland final and it's a pretty apt description given the skills and scores he brought to hurling this season. Absolutely sublime, but his work-rate and pressure on the opposition cannot be underestimated either. Hurler of the Year in 2018 and will be in the conversation again after hitting six points from play in the final.

12. Gearoid Hegarty (Limerick)

The reigning Hurler of the Year was always up against it to match the personal highs of last year - the seven-point display in the 2020 decider is a target few players are likely to get near - but can reflect on another fine season in green.

Subdued in the opening half against Tipp in the Munster final and guilty of some wayward shooting, Hegarty stuck to the task and was instrumental in their comeback victory that day. In a forward line that can more than hold their own aerially, the St Patrick's man is among the best, while his direct running and selfless play makes him a firm favourites among team-mates and supporters alike.

13. Peter Casey (Limerick)

Casey's injury at the end of the first half potentially robbed us of one of the great All-Ireland final performances. Had five points from play on the board by that stage and looked in the mood for a lot more. His sending off late on against Waterford in the semi-final looked like a real blow, but he was cleared and he had a major impact – even if only for one half.

14. Séamus Flanagan (Limerick)

Flanagan should trademark his over the shoulder shot given the regularity at which he seems to notch that particular type of score. Followed up a great finish to the 2020 season with a brilliant 2021 campaign. Quite simply, he cannot be contained when the service is good. Just one point against Cork in the All-Ireland final, but set up for those around him.

15. Tony Kelly (Clare)

1-12 against Waterford, 1-11 against Cork, 1-09 against Tipperary – Tony Kelly's sensational scoring exploits continued in 2021 even if Clare’s season ended relatively early. The Banner may have far too much reliance on Kelly, but when he is capable of producing such scoring tallies against top defenders then you understand why.

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