Tuesday 12 December 2017

GAA's finest and their WAGs have a ball at All-Star gala

Fiona Ellis

GAA stars swapped their normally mud-spattered county colours for pristine black-ties last night at the glittering All-Stars Awards in Croke Park.

It was the first time the All-Stars event was held at the home of GAA and the attendees made sure to dress for the occasion, with GAA WAGs wowing in floor-length sweeping dresses and the players looking dashing in suits and ties.

The Footballer of the Year award went to favourite Michael Darragh Macauley, the battered hero of Dublin's All-Ireland victory this summer.

"Usually, when we meet the other lads we are pushing each other or punching each other. Tonight, all jerseys are put aside and we'll have a bit of craic," said the student teacher.

And the markers are already being laid, as he quipped that next year Dublin will do their best to retain the All-Ireland crown.

"We came through some huge games this year, particularly the final as well as the Kerry semi-final. It's been an epic year from a Dublin perspective and the way it turned out is a dream come true. We're going to do our best to hold on to the Sam Maguire. It's not easily done."

Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bernard Brogan and Kiera Doyle at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Joanne O'Connor and Stephen Cluxton at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Jim Gavin and Pat Gilroy at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bryan and Ailish Cullen at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Jack McCaffrey, Shane Carthy, Michael Fitzsimons and Darragh Nelson at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bernard Dunne and wife Pamela at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Dublin senior team at the Dublin Senior Football All Ireland medal presentation dinner at the Convention centre. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Patrick and Audrey Hughes at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Sean Kelly, former president GAA at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Vincent McDermott and Eugenia Thompson at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Sean and Fionnuala Kavanagh at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Colm Cooper and Geraldine Murphy at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Christopher McDermott, Lee Henderson, Sean McVeigh and Danny Cullen, Donegal at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Dublin Hurler Dotsy O'Callaghan and Avril McManus at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Kerrie Ward and Colin Welsh at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Clare Hurling captain Patrick Donlon and Edel Leahy at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Clare Hurler Shane O'Donnell at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Jimmy Magee and Emma Hehir at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Aidan O'Shea (right) with brother Seamie and parents Sheila and Jim at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Cian O'Sullivan and Daniella Byrne at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Michael Darragh McCauley and Rosie Cooney at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Liam Rush and Sinead McKeown at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Michael Darragh McCauley and Rosie Cooney at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Bernard Brogan and Ciara Doyle at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards 2013 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Aileen Gilroy at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Pat Quill and Helen O'Rourke at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Shane Supple and Noelle Healy at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Anette Clarke, Emer Flaherty and Sinead Burke at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Aoife Lyons, Bernie Breen and Cait Lynch at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Bronagh Sheridan, Caron Fay and Aisling Doonan at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Caoimhe Mohan, Amanda Casey and Laura McEnaney at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Dublin Captain Sinead Goldrick and Daithi O'Shea at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Fiona McHale and Noelle Turney at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Grainne Smith at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Louise NiMhuirchearthaigh at the 2013 TG4 Ladies Gaa AllStar Awards at the Citywest Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett
Dublin footballer Cian O'Sullivan and Danielle Byrne arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Ciaran Kilkenny arrives ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Kerry hurler Shane Noland with Venessa Houilihan, from Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurler Tony Kelly with his 2013 GAA GPA All-Star awards, sponsored by Opel, including Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurlers Colin Ryan, left, and Domhnaill O'Donovan with Rachel Keaney, left, and Louise Raleigh ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurler Brendan Bugler and Josephine Crowe arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Keira Doyle arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley and Rosie Cooney arrives ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Paul Flynn ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurler Patrick Donnellan and Edel Leahy ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Mayo footballer Lee Keegan arrives ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Limerick hurler Richie McCarthy and Ruth Ryan ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Kerry footballer Marc O Sé and wife Sarah ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballers Stephen Cluxton, left, and Paul Flynn with Joanne O'Connor and Fiona Hudson, right, ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurlers Pádraic Collins and Shane O'Donnell arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurlers Shane O'Donnell, left, and Pádraic Collins are interviewed ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Stephen Cluxton and Joanne O'Connor arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballers Jack McCaffrey, left, and Paddy Andrews ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Paul Flynn and Fiona Hudson ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Mayo footballers and brothers Seamus, left, and Aidan O'Shea with their parents Shiela and Jim ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Monaghan footbaler Colin Walshe and Kerrie Ward arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurler David McInerney and Emma Casey arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley, left, and Clare hurler Tony Kelly with their 2013 GAA GPA All-Star Player of the Year awards, at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013, Sponsored by Opel. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Sisters Sarah, left, and Lorna Rowe arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

But it wasn't all about sport, as the eye-catching fashion sent heads spinning and camera shutters popped at lightning speed. Mr Macauley's girlfriend, Rosie Cooney, girlfriend looked stunning in a strapless, long red dress with a sweetheart neckline and carrying a diamante studded clutch bag.

"I'm really, really proud," she said. "It's amazing."

And, befitting the All-Ireland Hurling Champions, Clare's Tony Kelly took centre stage. He was crowned ‘Hurler of the Year' and also bagged the ‘Young Hurler of the Year' title.

And Dublin's Jack McCaffrey took away the accolade of ‘Young Footballer of the Year'.

Also at the event was All-Star boy-in-blue Bernard Brogan

with girlfriend Kiera Doyle. He admitted he was fully intent on enjoying the knees-up before he has to begin the long slog.

"It won't be long now until Jim Gavin will be on the phone to get us back in December at some stage. You have to enjoy these things," he said, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

Kiera bucked the red dress trend last night and wowed in an open back, wine-coloured Bastyan gown with Grecianstyle beaded neckline and a Mulberry clutch.

Privilege

For Mayo footballer, Lee Keegan, it was a privilege simply to be nominated.

"It's hard to sum up, it took a month or so to sink in, it's a privilege and an honour. I'm proud of myself, but I'm also proud to be a Mayo man, it could have been any one of us," he said.

His girlfriend, Aoife Duffy, sparkled in a floor-length dress she bought in Las Vegas, and complimented the look with a glittering clutch.

Mayo All-Star Aidan O'Shea made it a family occasion and attended with brother Seamie and parents Sheila and Jim.

Dublin hurler Daniel Sutcliffe's girlfriend, Alanagh Hunt, really upped the glamour at the awards wearing a daring low cut red dress from Aqua with Steve Madden heels.

Other guests included GAA veteran Jimmy Magee with Emma Hehir, Cian O'Sullivan and Daniella Byrne and Clare Hurling captain Patrick Donlon and Edel Leahy.

All-Ireland football champions Dublin lead the way in the GAA/GPA All-Star football lineup with six awards going to Rory O'Carroll, Cian O'Sullivan, Michael Darragh Macauley, Paul Flynn, Stephen Cluxton, and Bernard Brogan.

Beaten All-Ireland finalists and Connacht champions Mayo followed with four awards going to Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Aidan O'Shea and Colm Boyle.

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