Paddy Barrett in Hurling "Ring Champion 15"

  • Oct 15,2006
Belmullet and Mayo Hurler Paddy Barrett has been chosen in the elite Christy Ring Champion 15, becoming the second ever Mayo recipient after Keith Higgins picked up the inaugural Mayo prize last year. The Christy Ring Champion 15 is the second tier All-Stars in Hurling, and will be presented at a special function in Croke Park on November 18th . The recipients are chosen by the managers of opposing teams after each Christy Ring game, with the player recieving the most votes for their county picking up the coveted prize.
The Erris Garda based in Monaghan showed up well for Mayo this year in their outings against Carlow, Wicklow, Kerry and Kildare as Mayo consolidated their place in the second tier championship for the coming season. Paddy, who is now in his eighth season with the Mayo Hurlers, usually plies his trade at centre-back but is also comfortable at wing-back or in the full-back position. Barrett (27) who hails from Barnatra outside Belmullet also plays football for his local club and was in action recently in the Intermediate Football Championship against Tourmakeady.
Christy Ring Champions Antrim top the list of recipients with Ciaran Herron, Malachy Molloy and Paddy Richmond all being honoured. Defeated finalists Carlow and semi-finalists Kildare and Down each have two players honoured  in addition to one player from each of the other participating Counties. 
The full list of players to be honoured as the Christy Ring Champion 15 for 2006 are: Malachy Molloy (Antrim), Paddy Richmond (Antrim), Ciaran Herron (Antrim), Pat Coady (Carlow), Des Murphy (Carlow), Eoin Hannon (Kildare), Paudie Reidy (Kildare), Paddy Barrett (Mayo), Paul Braniff (Down), Gary Savage (Down), Joe Murphy (Wicklow), Aidan Healy (Kerry), Michael Kelly (Roscommon), Fergus McMahon (London) and David Donnelly (Meath).
Paul Seevers (Sligo) is honoured for the second year in the Nicky Rackard Champion 15, while Briain Carroll (Leitrim) was chosen on the same panel for his efforts in the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2006.