Gemma O’Connor has been rewarded with an unprecedented fifth consecutive All-Star following an impressive 2008. O’Connor won her previous four awards at midfield but collects her fifth award from the half back line. She is joined by goalkeeper Aoife Murray, full back and captain, Cathriona Foley, midfield pair of Briege Corkery and Orla Cotter as well as forwards Rachel Moloney and SÝle Burns who scored two goals in the Gala All-Ireland final.
Championship and National League runners-up, Galway, received three awards. The 2008 Championship top scorer, Jessica Gill, has been rewarded with her first All-Star. The 18 year old sharpshooter amassed a total of 6-48 over the course of the Championship. Gill is joined by Captain SinÚad Cahalan and forward Therese Maher.
Beaten semi finalists, Wexford and Tipperary, have both been given one award each as has National League Champions, Kilkenny. Wexford’s full back, Catherine O’Loughlin, claims her second award while Tipperary’s Trish O’Halloran and Kilkenny’s Aoife Neary pick up their first awards.
Antrim and Offaly, won their first ever All-Stars. Michaela Morkan, who was part of the Offaly team that reached the Gala Junior All-Ireland final, has been named in the half backs while free scoring Antrim forward, Jane Adams, took home Antrim’s first All Star.
The O’Neills Camogie Young Player of the Year award went to Clare’s Carina Roseingrave. 2008 has been a fantastic year for the Clare forward. She had a prolific year in front of the posts, most notably her three goals in the All Ireland Junior semi-final against Waterford as well as the 1-1 she scored in the Gala All-Ireland final win over Offaly.
Liam Dunne and Stephen Dormer have been rewarded with the O’Neills Manager of the Year All-Star following their continued success with the Kilkenny underage setup. Dunne and Dormer have been instrumental in Kilkenny’s success at underage level, they led the Cats to their fourth consecutive All-Ireland U16 A title in May.
Speaking at the awards ceremony Liz Howard, President of the Camogie Association said “”I want to congratulate the 2008 All Star recipients. Their commitment, skill and contribution to the game during 2008 was phenomenal. 2008 was a great year for Camogie and it is important that we recognise the contribution of our top players.””
Camogie All-Stars 2008 in association with O’Neills:
Aoife Murray (Cork)
Cathriona Foley (Cork)
Catherine O’Loughlin (Wexford)
Trish O’Halloran (Tipperary)
Michaela Morkan (Offaly)
SinÚad Cahalan (Galway)
Gemma O’Connor (Cork)
Briege Corkery (Cork)
Orla Cotter (Cork)
Jessica Gill (Galway)
Therese Maher (Galway)
Aoife Neary (Kilkenny)
SÝle Burns (Cork)
Rachel Moloney (Cork)
Jane Adams (Antrim)
O’Neills Camogie Manager of the Year
Liam Dunne and Stephen Dormer (Kilkenny)
O’Neills Camogie Young Player of the Year
Carina Roseingrave (Clare)