2016 didn't end how the Dublin footballers wanted but there was some silver lining on the All-Ireland cloud.
Five women won All-Star awards, just one short of the total won by All-Ireland champions Cork.
Dublin defender Carla Rowe was one of the five and she has spoken to 98FM Sport's Stephen Doyle for the first time since last year's frustrating All-Ireland final defeat to the champs.
"It's an amazing feeling at the end of a hard year I suppose, that you've put in so much work and it's a great night to be able to go out and get the All-Star so it was amazing and it's something you always remember."
However, as any All-Star winner who has not achieved their ultimate goal of winning the All-Ireland title will tell you, the individual awards never make up for the disappointment of defeat.
Rowe was reluctantly thrown into the midst of the controversy after last year's loss to the Rebelettes after her infamous point was not given by the umpires and she admits that she hasn't fully recovered from that cruel blow.
"I suppose you can never change the past. It still is...it can be a raw subject to talk about but hopefully all you can take from it is that Hawkeye is brought in [for the women's final]."
Unfortunately Cork struck again last week in the Lidl National Football League so Dublin will be looking to get back on track and earn their third win in four league matches this Sunday at Parnell Park against Donegal.
"They're always good and solid in defence, they break out quite quickly so I'm sure we can expect that from them this year."
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Dublin v Donegal throws in at Parnell Park this Sunday at 2pm and children under 16 are FREE of charge.