GAA honours season's outstanding players with new awards presented by Taoiseach Jack Lynch.

The first GAA All Star Awards were presented to the best football and hurling players in 1971 as decided by a panel of journalists at a banquet in the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin. The new awards scheme was championed by RTÉ GAA correspondent Mick Dunne and a panel of GAA journalists were tasked with choosing the best fifteen football and hurling players in the country. Among those honoured on the night were Kilkenny hurler Eddie Keher and Cork man Ray Cummins a dual winner with awards for football and hurling.

Taoiseach Jack Lynch a winner of six All Ireland Senior medals made the presentation to the winners. The first GAA All Star Awards were sponsored by the tobacco manufacturer PJ Carroll and Company Limited.

An RTÉ News report broadcast 15 December 1971. This clip is mute.