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Justin McCarthy 12/1/05
Justin McCarthy was one of the most stylish hurlers of his generation. In 1966, at the age of only 21, Justin won an All-Ireland medal with Cork and was awarded Hurler of the Year. Three years later, his career was cruelly cut short by injuries he received in a motorbike accident. Justin turned to coaching and became the first high profile figure to coach outside his native county. He has lead Clare to two National League titles, he coached his native Cork to the Centenary All Ireland in 1984 and as current manager of Waterford has lead them to two Munster finals.
Frank McGuigan 19/1/05
Many believe Frank McGuigan is the best Tyrone footballer ever. He was born with a natural ability, his fielding effortless. After captaining Tyrone to Ulster Senior victory in 1973 when just a year out of the minor ranks, he left for America. On his return to Ireland, Frank made GAA history in the 1984 Ulster final, he scored 11 points from play. His footballing career finished prematurely due to a car crash and has had many ups and downs in his life since but he is now back in his native Ardboe.
Brian Whelahan 26/1/05
Brian Whelahan is the only player of the modern era to be named on the Hurling Team of the Millennium. Hurling is a part of his life; he was brought up with it, his father played, his brothers play. Brian's debut on the Offaly senior hurling team in 1989 marked the beginning of Offaly's second golden era of hurling. Throughout the 1990's Offaly secured 2 All-Irelands and 3 Leinster titles, with Brian racking up a personal tally of 4 All- Stars and 2 Hurler of the Year awards. He was also the cornerstone on the Birr Hurling Team, regarded by many as the greatest club team of all time, amassing four All Ireland titles between 1995 and 2003.
Peter McDermott 2/2/05
'The Man in the Cap', Peter McDermott from County Meath revolutionised Gaelic football, everything he touched turned to gold. He was an entrepreneur, coach, player and referee. Even though his footballing career began in the early forties he came to prominence as a corner forward in the Meath team of 1949 winning his first All Ireland medal. Between 1951 and 1956 he was involved in all of the All Ireland football finals except one as a player, captain and referee. He is also the only man to referee an All Ireland both before and after winning one. He is credited with starting the International Compromised Rules Series with the Australian tour of Meath in 1968.
John Leahy 9/2/05
It is said that without John Leahy there would be no hurling in Mullinahone. John was the first Mullinahone man to play for the Tipperary hurling seniors. He debuted on the panel in 1988 and went on to win 2 All- Irelands, 4 League titles and 3 All- Stars. His success in hurling was overshadowed by personal troubles, but John has put his problems behind him and in 2002 eclipsed his county successes by playing and managing Mullinahone to their first ever senior county title.
Joe Brolly 16/2/05
How Joe Brolly finds time in his life for all his passions is a wonder. A successful barrister, an All Ireland winner from Derry with a great left foot, he is also an outspoken TV pundit for Gaelic football and still plays with his club, Dungiven. His football career started while at school in St Patrick's, Armagh. His finest hour was when Derry won their first and only Senior All Ireland Football title in 1993.
Babs Keating 23/2/05
Known as Babs to all, Michael 'Babs' Keating was inducted into the world of GAA at an early age. He debuted for Tipperary Minors at 16 years old and has been involved in the GAA ever since. A skilful dual player, Babs played both hurling and football for Tipperary and Munster. He won 3 hurling All-Irelands and since retiring as a player he has managed countless teams with his most successful stint being with his native Tipperary.
Eoin Bomber Liston 2/3/05
A giant of a man with a personality to match, Bomber Liston belonged to the Golden Age of Kerry football. While playing at U21 level, his skills caught the eye of Kerry manager, Mick O Dwyer. Bomber was added to the Kerry panel and formed the final part of a jigsaw, the team that won 7 All-Irelands between 1978 and 1985. Bomber added to these 4 All-Stars and 2 Railway Cup medals in a career that straddled 3 decades.
Seán Purcell 9/3/05
A player ahead of his time, Seán Purcell played football with Galway from 1948 to 1962. He won only one All Ireland medal, but that in no way reflects the respect he commands among the GAA fraternity. His on-field partnership with Frankie Stockwell earned them the name 'The Terrible Twins', a duo that leveled opponents' defences. Seán is one of the most outstanding talents Gaelic football has ever known. A multi-talented player, he was comfortable in any position, but it was as a centre forward that he is remembered for and he was chosen on both Team of the Century and Millennium in that position.
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