Belles walk the red carpet with their sportsmen beaus
Published 22/10/2011 | 05:00
Many of the country's best-known GAA stars swapped their county colours for dinner jackets and black ties to be feted at the annual All Star awards at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
Like a night at the Oscars, players such as Alan Brogan, Henry Shefflin and Bryan Sheehan arrived with their partners, who were glammed up in glittering gowns for the sports star-studded event.
Players from Dublin, Kerry, Donegal, Kildare and Mayo made up the 2011 Football All Star team, which was announced during last night's ceremony.
All-Ireland champions Dublin dominated with six players while Kerry had a respectable four, with Colm Cooper winning his seventh award.
Donegal, who regained the Ulster title this season, occupied three places, while Kildare and Mayo had a player each.
Meanwhile, Alan Brogan, who was at the glitzy event with his wife Lydia, followed in the footsteps of his brother Bernard in 2010 to claim the Footballer of the Year -- he wore a blue necktie as a nod to his team colours.
Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin set a record by receiving his 10th All Star award.
His teammate Michael Fennelly took home the Hurler of the Year award.
Young Footballer of the Year went to Mayo's Cillian O'Connor, while Dublin's Liam Rushe was named Young Hurler of the Year.
Shane Nolan of Kerry won the Christy Ring Player of the Year, Donegal's Niall Campbell was honoured with the Lory Meagher award and Martin Finn from London was the recipient of the Nicky Rackard Player of the Year. Each All Star gets €1,500.