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CHAMPIONS of champions at The Radisson Blu for the gala Dublin Bus/The Herald Dubs Stars awards lunch.

CHAMPIONS of champions at The Radisson Blu for the gala Dublin Bus/The Herald Dubs Stars awards lunch.

St Vincent's and Kilmacud Crokes topped the VIP guest list at the glittering ceremony in the heart of the city on Golden Lane last Friday.

The St Vincent's footballers won the county crown for the 27th time, and they had the bonus of having the mercurial Diarmuid Connolly being named as the Dubs Star Footballer of the Year.

"Diarmuid is just a fantastic footballer. And he works so hard. We feel he was very unlucky not to have also got the GAA Footballer-of-the-Year award," stated the Vincent's manager, Tommy Conroy.

Kilmacud Crokes were collecting their sixth Dublin hurling title. They overcame St Jude's in the final, and it was Danny Sutcliffe of the Tymon club who scooped the Hurler of the Year accolade.

"It was a wonderful year for St Jude's. There's great belief in the squad," noted Danny, who is now looking forward to working under new Dublin chief, Ger Cunningham.

"Any new manager coming in will want to put his own blueprint on things. And, as players, we all realise, that there will be keen competition for places.

"Lads will keep sharp over the Christmas, and from my own point of view I'm just hoping to stay fit and injury-free so that I give myself the best chance of getting a spot on the team."

The Dublin hurlers will face the Dubs Stars on the big New Year's Day double-bill at Parnell's, which will also see the Dublin footballers playing the Dubs Stars.

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