From glamour to controversies, new book shines light on history of the All Stars

50th anniversary publication digs back into some colourful stories from down the years

Wexford’s Martin Storey and Offaly’s Brian Whelahan chat at the 1998 All Stars awards at the Burlington Hotel. Photograph:   David Maher/Sportsfile

Wexford’s Martin Storey and Offaly’s Brian Whelahan chat at the 1998 All Stars awards at the Burlington Hotel. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Next week, it will mark its 50th anniversary. The first All Stars were presented this month in 1971. It is an unfortunate reality that Covid has completely disrupted both the 50th awards 12 months ago and now, their golden jubilee. Any plans for a commemorative tour and gala evenings to celebrate the anniversary have had to be shelved for both years.

By the weekend after next the land will thrum to the assorted dissatisfactions with the selections of many of those interested in the games. The criticisms will not always be polite and certainly not always rational but they will be testimony to the enduring interest in the All Stars.

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