Cork and Monaghan lead ladies All-Star winners

All Ireland winners Cork have collected six All-Star awards at the 2011 O'Neills/TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football All Star Awards at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, while beaten finalists Monaghan gained some consolation by claiming four awards.

All Ireland winners Cork have collected six All-Star awards at the 2011 O'Neills/TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football All Star Awards at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, while beaten finalists Monaghan gained some consolation by claiming four awards.

Leinster champions Laois are represented on the All-Stars team by Tracey Lawlor and Mary Kirwan, while Dublin also took home two awards for Elaine Kelly and Sinéad Aherne.

Meanwhile, National League and Leinster Final runners-up Meath picked up one award for goalkeeper Irene Munnelly.

John Treacy of the Irish Sports Council was the guest of honour at the prestigious event which was filmed live for deferred airing on TG4.

For the first time ever a Players' Player of the Year award was presented, one in each Championship. The senior winner was Juliet Murphy of Cork, the intermediate winner was Áine Tighe of Leitrim, while in the Junior Championship Lucy Mulhall from Wicklow was judged by her peers to have been the outstanding performer.

Other honours on the night included the Provincial Young Players of the Year awards which went to Sarah Rowe (Kimoremoy, Mayo), Michelle Farrell (Colmcilles, Longford), Laura Rogers (Austin Stack, Kerry) and Ciara McDermott (Magheracloone, Monaghan).

The induction of John Joe Brady into the Ladies Football Hall of Fame also took place. He has served as a referee, Ulster chairman and county manager with his native Cavan and coached a number of underage and development squads throughout the years.

He is currently vice chairman of the Cavan County Board and is also a member of the national fixtures committee and the Ulster Council delegate to the Central Council.

The Mullahoran clubman also gives tirelessly to his club in which he has served as chairman, manager, selector and caretaker and this is a richly deserved award.

Pat Quill, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, said: "The 2011 All-Star night was a fantastic success. We saw some of our top, most consistent players over the last decade receive further recognition of their individual talent and for some they accepted the honour for the first time in their career.

"The first Players' Player of the Year for the three grades was also a wonderful addition to the event and a huge honour for the three girls who received the award."

2011 O'NEILLS/TG4 LADIES FOOTBALL ALL-STARS TEAM:

Goalkeeper: Irene Munnelly (Meath)

Right Corner Back: Gráinne McNally (Monaghan)

Full-Back: Sharon Courtney (Monaghan)

Left Corner Back: Deirdre O'Reilly (Cork)

Right Half-Back: Briege Corkery (Cork)

Centre-Back: Bríd Stack (Cork)

Left Half-Back: Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork)

Midfield: Juliet Murphy (Cork)

Midfield: Tracey Lawlor (Laois)

Right Half-Forward: Therese McNally (Monaghan)

Centre-Forward: Elaine Kelly (Dublin)

Left Half-Forward: Mary Kirwan (Laois)

Right Corner Forward: Ciara McAnespie (Monaghan)

Full-Forward: Rhona Ní Bhuachalla (Cork)

Left Corner Forward: Sinéad Aherne (Dublin)

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