All Stars Footballer of the Year

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All Stars Footballer of the Year
Aidan O'Mahony & Eoin Bradley.jpg
Aidan O'Mahony of Kerry (left) and Eoin Bradley of Derry (right) in action at Croke Park during the final of the 2009 National Football League.
Awarded for Excellence in Gaelic football
Sponsor Vodafone
Location Convention Centre Dublin
Country  Ireland
Presented by Gaelic Athletic Association/Gaelic Players Association
First awarded 1995
Last awarded present
Currently held by Michael Darragh MacAuley (Dublin)
Official website Broadcast partner
Television/Radio coverage
Network RTÉ One
Runtime 51 minutes

The Gaelic Athletic Association & Gaelic Player's Association All Stars Footballer of the Year—known for sponsorship reasons as the Vodafone Footballer of the Year—is a Gaelic football award that honours the achievements of a footballer of outstanding excellence. The incumbent is Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin.

History[edit]

Created in 1995, the award is part of the All Stars Awards, which selects a "fantasy team", comprising the best players from that year's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Voting for the award is undertaken by a select group of journalists from television and the print media.

Prestige[edit]

The All Stars Footballer of the Year is one of the most prestigious accolades a Gaelic footballer may win in the course of his career.


List of winners[edit]

Year Player County
2013
Michael Darragh MacAuley
Dublin
2012
Karl Lacey
Donegal[1]
2011
Alan Brogan
Dublin[2]
2010
Bernard Brogan
Dublin[3]
2009
Paul Galvin
Kerry
2008
Sean Cavanagh
Tyrone
2007
Marc Ó Sé
Kerry
2006
Kieran Donaghy
Kerry
2005
Stephen O'Neill
Tyrone
2004
Tomás Ó Sé
Kerry
2003
Steven McDonnell
Armagh
2002
Kieran McGeeney
Armagh
2001
Pádraic Joyce
Galway
2000
Seamus Moynihan
Kerry
1999
Trevor Giles
Meath
1998
Michael Donnellan
Galway
1997
Maurice Fitzgerald
Kerry
1996
Trevor Giles
Meath
1995
Peter Canavan
Tyrone

Records[edit]

Brothers[edit]

Two sets of brothers have been named All Stars Footballer of the Year. They are:

Wins by province[edit]

Province Number of wins Winning years
Flag of Ulster.svg Ulster
6
1995, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012
Flag of Munster.svg Munster
6
1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
Flag of Leinster.svg Leinster
5
1996, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2013
Flag of Connacht.svg Connacht
2
1998, 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Donegal's Karl Lacey is named Gaelic Footballer of 2012". BBC Sport. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Brogan and Fennelly shine at All-Stars banquet: A year after his brother Bernard took the title, Dublin's Alan Brogan has been named the GAA's Footballer of the Year.". The Score. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Corbett & Brogan named Players of the Year". RTÉ Sport. 2010-10-16. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18.