All below photos are by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile with thanks to HEC Ladies and the LGFA

Report By Cóilín Duffy

There was plenty of glitz and glamour as the Gourmet Food Parlour Ladies Higher Education All-Stars and Rising Stars were honoured at an awards ceremony in the Croke Park Hotel on Friday night.
The event was streamed live on the Ladies HEC Facebook page (which can be watched again below) and saw 26 of the 30 players honoured present to accept their awards from Ladies HEC Chairman Donal Barry, LGFA President Marie Hickey and Gourmet Food Parlour joint owner Lorraine Heskin.


15 players were honoured across the GFP O’Connor Cup, Giles Cup and Lynch Cup on the GFP All-Stars selection; with 15 selected from across the 4th, 5th and 6th Tier, Moynihan, Donaghy and Lagan Cups on the GFP Rising Stars.

GFP O’Connor Cup Champions DCU the big winners with seven players on the AllStars selection, while they also have one player on the GFP Rising AllStars.

Beaten GFP O’Connor Cup finalists UL have five recipients. GFP Giles Cup winners Waterford IT have defender Emma Murray included, while GFP Lynch Cup holders UU Jordanstown have Armagh forward Aimee Mackin recognised.

Meanwhile, beaten GFP semi-finalists UCC have Marie Ambrose honoured.

Mayo sisters Niamh and Grace Kelly who featured for DCU and UL respectively in the GFP O’Connor Cup Final are among the All-Star winners.
GFP Moynihan Cup champions St Marys University College Belfast provided five of the Rising Stars selection, with four of those chosen in the forwards, including Claire Canavan, daughter of former Tyrone player Peter who was in attendance on the night.

GFP Donaghy Cup winners RCSI have two players chosen, including Player of the Match in the final Eva Gilmore from Galway, and Cork’s Melissa Duggan.

GFP Lagan Cup champions Ulster University Coleraine have three recipients with goalkeeper Laura Kane and defenders Aoife McGough and Caoileann Conway honoured.

Athlone IT duo Aisling Sorohan and Amy Louise Dempsey; DCU’s Emma Kevany and IT Tralee pair Kelly Gorman and Katelynn O’Sullivan are also chosen in the Rising Stars 15.

GFP O’Connor Cup All Stars


1.            Emer Ní Éafa Dublin City University (DCU) Dublin

2.            Laura McGinley Dublin City University (DCU) Dublin

3.            Maria Curley University of Limerick (UL) Tipperary
4.            Deirdre Geaney Dublin City University (DCU) Kerry
5.            Emma Murray Waterford IT (WIT) Waterford
6.            Leah Caffrey Dublin City University (DCU) Dublin
7.            Marie Ambrose University College Cork (UCC) Cork
8.            Fiona McHale University of Limerick (UL) Mayo
9.            Aishling Moloney Dublin City University (DCU) Tipperary
10.          Niamh Kelly Dublin City University (DCU) Mayo
11.          Sarah Rowe Dublin City University (DCU) Mayo
12.          Shauna Howley University of Limerick (UL) Mayo
13.          Aimee Mackin Ulster University Jordanstown (UUJ) Armagh 
14.          Eimear Scally University of Limerick (UL) Cork
15.          Grace Kelly University of Limerick (UL) Mayo

GFP Rising All Stars
1.            Laura Kane Ulster University Coleraine (UUC) Tyrone 
2.            Aisling Sorohan Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) Longford
3.            Aoife McGough Ulster University Coleraine (UUC) Derry
4.            Kelly Gorman Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) Meath
5.            Eva Gilmore Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) Galway
6.            Caoileann Conway Ulster University Coleraine (UUC) Tyrone
7.            Niamh McGirr St Marys University College Belfast Tyrone
8.            Amy Louise Dempsey Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) Galway
9.            Melissa Duggan Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) Cork
10.          Emma Kevany Dublin City University (DCU) Sligo
11.          Roisin Devlin St. Marys University College Belfast Tyrone
12.          Claire Canavan St Mary’s University College Belfast Tyrone
13.          Katelynn O’Sullivan Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) Kerry
14.          Aoibheann Jones St. Marys University College Belfast Armagh
15.          Meabh McGleenan St. Marys University College Belfast Tyrone