Carlow and Longford – still waiting after all these years
As Carlow and Longford continue to be the only counties still without an All Star in either hurling or football, let's reflect on some of the players from those counties who would almost certainly have won awards if they were in more successful environs.
Brendan Murphy is still playing for Carlow, so maybe the big breakthrough awaits, although it's more likely that despite being one of the best footballers in the country, his career will end without an All Star.
Paul Barden's longevity with Longford says it all about his commitment to the cause, while Sean McCormack's and Brian Kavanagh's opportunism would be welcomed in most counties, as would Michael Quinn's versatility.
And what of these other Longford men? Mick Casey, Frank McNamee, Dessie Barry, Cathal Lee, Liam Tierney, John 'Speedy' McCormack and Padraic Davis, all of whom excelled at playing over the last 30 years, but never won an All Star.
Garvan Ware, Tommy Dwyer, Anthony 'Muckle' Keating, Tom Cullen, John Kearns and Willie Quinlan would have been regular football All Star contenders if Carlow were a more powerful force.
And Carlow's dual stars Paddy Quirke, Johnny Nevin and Cyril Hughes could easily have hurling and football All Stars under different circumstances.