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Winter 2012

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TG4/O'Neills All-Star Awards 2012 Glitz and Glamour in Citywest! Cork players celebrate with the Aisling McGing cup, after the game T he 2012 TG4/O'Neill's Ladies All-Star Awards took place at the Citywest Hotel on Saturday, November 10th and again proved to be a fantastic night that was enjoyed by all in attendance. This was the 10th All-Stars award banquet where the best football players in the country were honoured for their contributions to another great year for the sport. The 45 players nominated were all chosen for their outstanding displays throughout the year and all 45 were equally deserving of the recognition that comes with being chosen for the award. Choosing the All-Star team proved to be a difficult task with so much quality on show and there was lively debate throughout the night on the make-up of the team. All-Ireland finalists Kerry also had plenty of cause for celebration as they received three All-Stars including Cáit Lynch, Sarah Houlihan and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh. League Champions, Monaghan had All-Stars in the full back and full forward lines with Christina Reilly and Cathriona McConnell receiving the honour whilst Sinéad Goldrick and Caroline O'Hanlon received the midfield awards for their performances for Dublin and Armagh respectively. The centre half forward position on the All-Star team was reserved for the legendary Cora Staunton of Mayo who collected her 8th All-Star award on the night cementing her position as one of the all time greats of the game. Marty Morrissey and Daithí Ó Se acted as the MC's for the night, so there was plenty of witty banter with each other and their guests. The entertainment came thick and fast and began with a stirring tribal drumming exhibition from Extreme Rhythm. Next to the stage were the Galway Tenors who gave some rousing operatic performances including a show stopping version of Nessun Dorma. There were further performances from the Singing Chef, the O'Shea Dancers and Hermione Hennessy before Mary Byrne stole the show with a very apt performance of 'This is a Man's World.' The final order of business for the night was the announcement of the 2012 TG4/O'Neill's All-Star Awards and the Players' Player of the Year Awards. Elaine Harte was the first name called and was a popular winner amongst the large Cork contingent. It was a special night for the Cork players who walked off with 7 awards in total, including Elaine, who was joined by Bríd Stack, Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley, Geraldine O'Flynn, Ciara O'Sullivan and Valerie Mulcahy. 22 www.ladiesgaelic.ie Liam Moggan, National Coach Development Officer, Coaching Ireland, speaking during the TG4 O'Neill's Ladies Football All-Star Awards

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