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The All-Stars turn 50 - but the system is still flawed

Martin Breheny


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All-Star No 1: Offaly goalkeeper Damien Martin was the very first All-Star

All-Star No 1: Offaly goalkeeper Damien Martin was the very first All-Star

Dublin's Brian Fenton with his 2020 All-Star award - the Raheny man is closing in on Jack O'Shea as the All-Star scheme's most decorated midfielder. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin's Brian Fenton with his 2020 All-Star award - the Raheny man is closing in on Jack O'Shea as the All-Star scheme's most decorated midfielder. Photo: Sportsfile

Sligo legend Mickey Kearins

Sligo legend Mickey Kearins

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All-Star No 1: Offaly goalkeeper Damien Martin was the very first All-Star

All-Star time, the week when both teams are chosen and announced, selectors stand accused of giving idiots a bad name, cases are made for excluded players without identifying who should have been omitted and calls for a radical overhaul get an outing before being quickly forgotten.

It’s all part of the most talked-about award schemes in Irish sport, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. That’s quite a milestone which, in normal circumstances, would have been marked by special celebrations at a glitzy presentation function.


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