Kerry lead way in Ladies Football All-Star Awards nominations
All-Ireland senior finalists Dublin and Kerry dominate the list of nominations for 2023 TG4 Ladies Football All-Star Awards.
Despite losing out in the showpiece decider to the Sky Blues at Croke Park on 13 August, Kerry lead the way with 13 nominations to Dublin's 12.
Dublin captured a sixth All-Ireland senior title this year – and their first since 2020 – with a powerful display in the final.
It was also another stellar campaign for Kerry, who landed the Lidl National League Division 1 title before advancing to a second successive decider.
Mayo, who lost out to Kerry at the semi-final stage, have five players nominated while there are three nominations each for Armagh, Cork, Donegal and Meath, the 2021 and 2022 champions. Clare, Galway and Kildare have one each.
The longlist of 45 nominees includes nine players from the 2022 All-Star team.
Dublin's 12 nominees are: Goalkeeper Abby Shiels, defenders Niamh Crowley, Leah Caffrey, Martha Byrne and Lauren Magee, midfield pair Jennifer Dunne and Eilish O’Dowd, and forwards Orlagh Nolan, Caoimhe O’Connor, Kate Sullivan, team captain Carla Rowe and Hannah Tyrrell, who was the All-Ireland final Player of the Match.
Kerry’s 13 nominees are: Goalkeeper Ciara Butler, defenders Kayleigh Cronin, Eilís Lynch, Emma Costello, Cáit Lynch and Aishling O’Connell, midfielders Louise Galvin and Lorraine Scanlon, and forwards Niamh Carmody, Anna Galvin, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, who was top scorer in the championship, Danielle O’Leary and captain Síofra O’Shea.
Mayo’s five nominees are defensive quartet Danielle Caldwell, Clodagh McManamon, Ciara Needham and team captain Kathryn Sullivan, and attacker Sinéad Cafferky.
Armagh’s trio of nominees are defenders Clodagh McCambridge and Lauren McConville,