- GAA All Stars Awards
The All Stars Awards, currently sponsored by
Vodafone, are given annually since 1971 by the Gaelic Athletic Associationto the best player in each of the fifteen positions in Gaelic football& Hurlingin Ireland. Additionally, one player in each code is selected as the player of the year. Equivalent awards exist for Ladies football [ [http://www.ladiesgaelic.ie/gallery/07allstars.htm Ladies' All Stars 2007] ] , and Camogie[ [http://www.camogie.ie/Home/tabid/54/mid/411/newsid412/13/Default.aspx Camogie All-Stars 2007] ] .
History and procedure
Since the 1960s there had been a tradition of annually selecting the best player in each position, in football and
hurling, to create a special team of the year. Between 1963 and 1967 these players received what was known as the Cú Chulainnaward. In 1971 these awards were formalised into the annual All-Star Awards.
The All-Stars team comprises the best player in each position, regardless of club or county affiliation. The composition of the All Star teams are decided by a small panel of sports journalists from the national media. The awards are presented at a gala banquet in November following the end of the championship season. Both men's teams are honoured with a special holiday where they play an exhibition game. Since 1971 over 1,000 players have been honoured with All-Stars Awards.
Damien Martinof Offaly was the first ever recipient of the award, while in 2004 Paul Galvin of Kerry became the 1,000th winner of the award.
Most Recent Winners
Men's Gaelic Football
For a complete listing of all winners see the following articles
GAA All-Time All-Star Award (Football)
GAA All-Time All-Star Award (Hurling)
All Stars Footballer of the Year
All Stars Hurler of the Year
GAA All Stars Awards winners (football)
GAA All Stars Awards winners (hurling)
*Ladies' football All Stars Past Winners
*Camogie All Stars Past Winners
Fifteen sets of brothers have won All Star Awards in
hurling. They are:
*Colm, Conal and Cormac Bonnar of Tipperary.
Jim Cashmanof Cork.
Martin Comerfordof Kilkenny.
*John and Joe Connolly of Galway.
Joe Cooneyof Galway.
*Johnny, Billy and
Joe Dooleyof Offaly.
Tony Doranof Wexford.
*Liam and Ger Fennelly of Kilkenny.
*Pat, Ger and John Henderson of Kilkenny.
*Eoin and Paul Kelly of Tipperary.
Frank Lohanof Clare.
*Willie and Eddie O'Connor of Kilkenny.
*Seán Óg and
Setanta Ó hAilpínof Cork.
*Aidan and Bobby Ryan of Tipperary.
*Martin and John Quigley of Wexford.
Nine sets of brothers have won All Star Awards in
Gaelic football. They are:
*Matt and Richie Connor of Offaly.
*Tomás and Liam Connor of Offaly.
*Dermot and Paul Earley of Roscommon.
*Seán and Brendan Lowry of Offaly.
*James and Martin McHugh of Donegal.
*Anthony and John McGurk of Derry.
*Tom, Mick and
Pat Spillaneof Kerry.
*Tomás, Darragh and
Marc O Seof Kerry.
Conor Mortimerof Mayo.
Father and Son
Five father and son pairings have won All Star Awards. Four of these were in football:
Pat Reynoldsand Paddy Reynolds of Meath.
Dermot Earleyand Dermot Earley, Jnrof Roscommon and Kildare.
*Liam O'Neill and Kevin O'Neill of Mayo and Galway.
Frank McGuiganand Brian McGuiganof Tyrone.
Bernard Brogan Snrand Alan Brogan( Dublin )The only hurling father and son pairing are:
Fan Larkinand Philly Larkinof Kilkenny.
Dual All Stars
Three other players share the distinction of winning All Star awards in both hurling and football, but they did not win the accolades in the same year. These players are:
Due to the pressures of the modern games it is unlikely that these players' feats will ever be repeated.
People who have received five or more awards since their introduction in 1971.
* 9 awards -
Pat Spillaneof Kerry in football, D.J. Careyof (Kilkenny) in hurling
* 8 awards -
Henry Shefflin(Kilkenny) in hurling
* 7 awards -
Mikey Sheehy(Kerry) in football, Noel Skehan(Kilkenny) in hurling
* 6 awards -
Peter Canavan(Tyrone) in football, Jack O'Shea(Kerry) in football, Ger Power(Kerry) in football, Joe McKenna(Limerick), Nicky English(Tipperary) in hurling,
* 5 awards - John Egan (Kerry), John O'Keeffe (Kerry),
John O'Leary(Dublin), Páidí Ó Sé(Kerry), all in football, Pat Hartigan(Limerick), Tommy Walsh(Kilkenny), Joe Hennessy (Kilkenny), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) in hurling, Eddie Keher(Kilkenny) in hurling (Keher also earlier won 4 Cú Chulainn awards, 9 total)
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