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President of the GAA Nickey Brennan and Carolan Lennon, Director of Marketing, Vodafone, presents Andy McCallin, Antrim (right) with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Vodafone GAA All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park back in November 2006. Picture credit: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

President of the GAA Nickey Brennan and Carolan Lennon, Director of Marketing, Vodafone, presents Andy McCallin, Antrim (right) with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Vodafone GAA All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park back in November 2006. Picture credit: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

President of the GAA Nickey Brennan and Carolan Lennon, Director of Marketing, Vodafone, presents Andy McCallin, Antrim (right) with a commemorative medal to mark the 35th Anniversary of the Vodafone GAA All-Star Awards scheme at a special celebration in Croke Park back in November 2006. Picture credit: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

It was the only time in the last 50 years that Antrim football could boast of being ahead of Dublin, Tyrone, Armagh, Kildare, Donegal, Monaghan and 17 others while being equal with Kerry, Mayo, Meath, Cork, Sligo, Down. Only Offaly and Galway were ahead of them.

The eagerly anticipated announcement of the inaugural All Stars football team in 1971 brought great joy to Antrim when Andy McCallin was chosen at right full-forward. Nine counties were represented, led by All-Ireland finalists Offaly (4) and Galway (4) while seven counties had one each.


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