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12 for Dublin, 9 for Cork, 6 for Mayo - 2017 Ladies football All-Star nominees unveiled

Donegal, Kerry, Waterford, Armagh, Tipp, Tyrone, Cavan, Galway, Monaghan and Sligo also have nominees on the 45-player shortlist.

ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS Dublin lead the way with 12 players nominated for the 2017 TG4 All-Stars with defeated finalists Mayo receiving six nominations.

all stars Orla Finn, Noelle Healy and Cora Staunton have all been nominated.

Lidl National League Division 1 champions Cork are the second most represented county on the shortlist, with nine players honoured.

The 45-player shortlist has been released today, and the winners will be announced on Saturday 25 November at a gala banquet at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

Ulster champions and league finalists Donegal have five players included, Munster victors Kerry have three, and Armagh and Waterford have two nominees a-piece.

Aishling Moloney All-Ireland intermediate champions Tipperary have one nominee - Aishling Moloney. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

All-Ireland intermediate champions Tipperary and runners-up Tyrone, along with Cavan, Galway, Monaghan and Sligo each have one player nominated.

Seven of last year’s All-Star winning team are again nominated for accolades on this occasion – Dublin’s Leah Caffrey, Noelle Healy, Carla Rowe and Sinéad Aherne, Cork duo Ciara O’Sullivan and Orla Finn, and Mayo’s Fiona McHale are all in contention again.

Mayo forward Cora Staunton could be awarded a record-equaling 11th All-Star award on the night.

Here’s the list of nominees in full:

Goalkeepers – Martina O’Brien (Cork), Ciara Trant (Dublin), Noelle Gormley (Sligo).

Right corner back – Emma Spillane (Cork), Martha Byrne (Dublin), Megan Dunford (Waterford).

Full back – Sinéad Finnegan (Dublin), Aislinn Desmond (Kerry), Sarah Tierney (Mayo).

Left corner back – Róisín Phelan (Cork), Rachel Ruddy (Dublin), Martha Carter (Mayo).

Right half back – Melissa Duggan (Cork), Caroline Kelly (Kerry), Neamh Woods (Tyrone).

Centre half back – Ciara Hegarty (Donegal), Niamh Collins (Dublin), Sharon Courtney (Monaghan).

Left half back – Shauna Kelly (Cork), Leah Caffrey (Dublin), Sinéad Burke (Galway).

Midfield – Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh), Karen Guthrie (Donegal), Aileen Gilroy (Mayo), Lauren Magee (Dublin), Lorraine Scanlon (Kerry), Fiona McHale (Mayo).

Right half forward – Aimee Mackin (Armagh), Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork), Carla Rowe (Dublin).

Centre half forward – Aisling Doonan (Cavan), Doireann O’Sullivan (Cork), Niamh Hegarty (Donegal).

Left half forward – Nicole Owens (Dublin), Aishling Moloney (Tipperary), Katie Murray (Waterford).

Right corner forward – Eimear Scally (Cork), Sinéad Aherne (Dublin), Sarah Rowe (Mayo).

Full forward – Niamh McEvoy (Dublin), Geraldine McLaughlin (Donegal), Cora Staunton (Mayo).

Left corner forward – Orla Finn (Cork), Yvonne McMonagle (Donegal), Noelle Healy (Dublin).

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