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."
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.
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.