Friday 24 October 2014

Political players . . . How sports stars have fared at the ballot box

Published 11/02/2014 | 02:30

Dick Spring, former TD and GAA star
Dick Spring, former TD and GAA star

the stars

Q Jack Lynch: Fianna Fail leader and Taoiseach, pictured below, from 1966-73 and from 1977-79. Famously won six All Ireland medals with Cork, five hurling and one football.

Q Sean Flanagan: Was about to win his second Football All Ireland with Mayo when first elected to the Dail for Fianna Fail in 1951 and was later a minister and MEP.

Q Henry Kenny: The Taoiseach's father, was a Mayo football star in the 1930s and 1940s, winning an All Ireland in 1936, and was elected a TD for Fine Gael in 1954, serving until his death in 1975.

Q Dan Spring: A Kerry footballer in the late 1930s and early 1940s, he scored two goals in their 1939 final win and captained them to an All Ireland in 1940. First elected for Labour in 1943, he won every election until his retirement in 1981.

Q Dick Spring: The former Labour Leader, pictured inset, played hurling and football for Kerry and rugby for Munster and Ireland. He was capped three times in 1979. Succeeded father Dan as North Kerry TD in 1981. He was Tanaiste from 1982-87 and 1994-1997.

Q Jim Glennon: Capped six times for Ireland's rugby team. A Fianna Fail senator (2000-2002) and Dublin North TD (2002-2007).

Q JIMMY DEENIHAN: Won five All Irelands with Kerry in the 1970s and 1980s. Elected Kerry North Fine Gael TD in 1987.. Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht since March 2011.

the non-starters

Q John doyle: Winner of eight hurling All Irelands with Tipperary, Failed to get elected for Fianna Fail in 1969 and 1973, but was senator from 1969-1973.

Q Joe Keohane: Won five All-Irelands with Kerry from 1936-49 failed to win a seat for Kevin Boland's Aontacht Eireann in 1973.

Q Eamon Cregan: A gifted Limerick hurler and footballer and team manager. He won an All Ireland with Limerick hurlers in 1973 and three All Stars. He failed as a Fianna Fail candidate in 1981.

Q Graham Geraghty: One of Meath football's all-time greats, left, was instrumental in three Leinster and two All Ireland wins, also taking in two All Stars from 1991-2008. However, he was disappointed with his 1,284 vote for Fine Gael in the 2007 general election.

Q John O'Leary: Dublin football goalkeeper from 1980-1997, left, he won eight Leinster and two All Ireland medals, captaining the Dubs to a long-awaited All Ireland in 1995 and five All Star Awards. He fielded for Fianna Fail in 2007 but lost out to wilier running mates.

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