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Colm Cooper sheds light on confusion at All Stars that left players 'standing and hungry'

Published 12/11/2013 | 01:00

8/11/13 COlm Cooper and Geraldine Murphy at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
8/11/13 COlm Cooper and Geraldine Murphy at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

COLM COOPER has conceded that there was some confusion surrounding the format of Friday night's All Stars event in Croke Park.

The Kerry forward insists he enjoyed the biggest social event on the GAA calendar, where he picked up his eighth award, but reports suggested that some players were left standing and without food.

"I can see why people might have been confused on the set-up, as previously it was a sit-down affair," Cooper said.

"The food seems to be the biggest thing. I think they were trying to change the set-up. The feeling I got is that players felt the night was very drawn out if there was a sit-down meal. I enjoyed the night but obviously some people didn't."

In previous years, a banquet was held for all attendees after the live television show but after a consultation with the players, they opted for a change in format.

Croke Park also staged the All Stars for the first time – the Dublin Convention Centre and the Citywest hotel had previously been used.

"I like the idea of Croke Park because it's headquarters," Cooper said.

"It's a party night and I'm not organising them so I don't know how it suits and how feasible it is to sit down and feed a thousand people or whatever the attendance is. I like the idea of it but it didn't work out for everyone and they'll get plenty of feedback both positive and negative and look at it next year."

Irish Independent

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