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September 9th, 2011


The Irish News Ulster GAA All-Stars 2011

Friday 9th September 2011


Irish News All-Stars Honoured

The 17th Irish News Ulster GAA All-Star team has been announced.

The uniqueness of the Irish News Ulster All-Stars is that the player selection is entirely based on fan choice – readers select in their opinion the 15 players of the Championship.

Commenting on the success of the Irish News Ulster All-Stars, Noel Doran, editor of The Irish News said: “There is a freshness of counties this year in the All-Star line-up which is a great reflection of the continued health of the game in Ulster and is due recognition for the players who provided some great games across the summer.

“We are very fortunate to have such talent within the Ulster counties that makes the selection of 15 Ulster All-Stars such a difficult task for our readers.’’

Included in the line-up are seven Donegal players.

Three additional awards were given out on the night to reflect the importance of all codes within the GAA family:­ Hurling merit award, Camogie merit award and Ladies Football merit award. The ladies football went to Monaghan star Therese McNally.

The achievements of Ulster’s top players were recognised at an awards dinner in the Armagh City Hotel last night.

The evening was hosted by Darragh Maloney, RTE Sport presenter, with Tipperary’s former All-Ireland senior hurling title-winning manager Liam Sheedy as guest speaker and Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Christy Cooney as guest of honour.

The Irish News Ulster All-Star team of 2011 is:

1 Danny Devlin                       (Derry)

2 Frank McGlynn                   (Donegal)

3 Neil McGee                          (Donegal)

4 Joe McMahon                      (Tyrone)

5 Conor Gormley                    (Tyrone)

6 Karl Lacey                             (Donegal)

7 Kevin Cassidy                      (Donegal)

8 Seán Cavanagh                    (Tyrone)

9 Joe Diver                                (Derry)

10 Mark McHugh                   (Donegal)

11 Eoin Bradley                      (Derry)

12 Peter Harte                         (Tyrone)

13 Colm McFadden                (Donegal)

14 Michael Murphy                 (Donegal)

15 Jamie Clarke                       (Armagh)

The Irish News GAA All-stars 2011


Player of the Year                   Announced on the night

Hurling Merit Award: Donegal Senior Hurling Team

Camogie Merit Award: Eoghan Rua CLG, Derry

Ladies Football Merit Award: Therese McNally, Monaghan Ladies Senior Football Team

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