CORK AND KILKENNY lead the way in the 2017 camogie All-Star senior nominees and a historic first tour will take place this year with Madrid the destination.
All-Star tours are a regular in GAA and ladies football with camogie now set to embark on that venture with the 2016 and 2017 winners facing each in an exhibition match in the Spanish capital as part of the tour from 29 November to 2 December.
The All-Star banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, takes place on Saturday 4 November at the Citywest Hotel, when the 15 winners will be announced.
Champions Cork lead the way in the 45-player shortlist with 11 nominations while beaten finalists Kilkenny have nine nominees.
All-Ireland semi-finalists Dublin and Galway have seven and six nominations respectively, with Clare (5), Wexford (4), Limerick (1), Tipperary (1) and Waterford (1) completing the list.
Cork’s Gemma O’Connor is in line for a remarkable 10th All-Star award.
Here’s the list of nominees in full:
Goalkeepers: Aoife Murray (Cork), Faye McCarthy (Dublin), Emma Kavanagh (Kilkenny).
Full-Back Line: Máire McGrath (Clare), Rena Buckley (Cork), Laura Treacy (Cork), Eve O’Brien (Dublin), Áine Woods (Dublin), Tara Kenny (Galway), Catherine Foley (Kilkenny), Grace Walsh (Kilkenny), Sarah O’Connor (Wexford).
Half-Back Line: Róisín McMahon (Clare), Pamela Mackey (Cork), Gemma O’Connor (Cork), Eimear O’Sullivan (Cork), Eva Marie Elliott (Dublin), Hannah Hegarty (Dublin), Heather Cooney (Galway), Anne Dalton (Kilkenny), Bríd Gordon (Wexford).
Midfield: Orlaith Duggan (Clare), Ashling Thompson (Cork), Eimear McCarthy (Dublin), Niamh Kilkenny (Galway), Ann Marie Starr (Galway), Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny).
Half-Forward Line: Aoife Keane (Clare), Orla Cronin (Cork), Orla Cotter (Cork), Katrina Mackey (Cork), Amy O’Connor (Cork), Denise Gaule (Kilkenny), Katie Power (Kilkenny), Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick) Shelley Kehoe (Wexford).
Full-Forward Line: Chloe Morey (Clare), Aisling Maher (Dublin), Aoife Donohue (Galway), Ailish O’Reilly (Galway), Julie Ann Malone (Kilkenny), Miriam Walsh (Kilkenny), Orla O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Beth Carton (Waterford), Chloe Fox (Wexford)
Manager of the Year: Paudie Murray (Cork), John Davis (Meath), Johnny Greville (Westmeath).
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