Ryan is Donegal's 22nd All-Star

MCHUGH JOINS ELITE BAND OF FAMILY ALL-STAR WINNERS

Ryan is Donegal's 22nd All-Star
Peter Campbell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Ryan McHugh joined a unique list of Donegal players on Friday night when he was presented with his award as the All-Star left half-back on the 2016 team.

He is the 22nd Donegal player to be honoured and the fourth member of the extended McHugh family.

The awards ceremony held at the Convention Centre saw Mayo's Lee Keegan named as the Player of the Year while Diarmuid O'Connor of Mayo was named Young Player of the Year.

Ryan McHugh was one of three Ulster players rewarded for their performances during the year- the other two being Tyrone pair Mattie Donnelly and Peter Harte.

Speaking to the Irish News on Friday, Ryan McHugh revealed that he had learned of his All-Star award on twitter on Thursday morning: “I was up early this morning and I saw it on Twitter.

“Of course I am absolutely delighted not just for my self, but for all my family, Kilcar and Donegal.

“I was not thinking about an award too much as I am in the middle of an assignment that has to be finished by noon and I had a match for UUJ last night, so life is very hectic.”

“It is a great honour to be even nominated for an All-Star but when you actually get one it is even better.

“And it is great to be the fourth member of our family to get this award," said Ryan, who added: “It would be nice if my cousin Eoin could get an All-Star.

McHugh joins a select band in Donegal which includes: Brian McEniff, Donal Monaghan, Martin McHugh (2), Joyce McMullin, Gary Walsh, Matt Gallagher, Martin Gavigan, Anthony Molloy, James McHugh, Tony Boyle, John Joe Doherty, Kevin Cassidy (2), Adrian Sweeney, Karl Lacey (4), Neil McGee (3), Paul Durcan (2), Frank McGlynn (2), Neil Gallagher (2), Mark McHugh, Michael Murphy (2), Colm McFadden and now Ryan McHugh.

The win moves Kilcar into the reckoning for club with most All-Stars. They now have five, the same as Gaoth Dobhair, but Four Masters still lead with six.