Legends of Offaly football and Limerick hurling were inducted into the GAA Museum's new Hall of Fame yesterday.
Tony McTague, one of Gaelic football's most noted free-takers, and Eamon Cregan, a star of Limerick's last All-Ireland hurling success in 1973, were honoured as part of a new museum initiative.
All 30 players from the GAA's teams of the millennium were also included in the new exhibit, which is part of the museum's ongoing €1.25m refurbishment.
A committee, which includes a number of past GAA presidents and the Irish Independent's Martin Breheny, made the choices to reflect the five-year period from 1970 to 1974. The committee will honour more hurlers and footballers from the last three-and-a-half decades over the next two years.
Tony McTague won back-to-back All-Ireland titles with Offaly in 1971 and – as captain – in 1972, picking up All Stars both years.
The Ferbane legend was renowned for his remarkable accuracy from both play and frees and enjoyed a 10-year senior inter-county career.
Cregan spent 19 years with Limerick, winning four Munster championships, a league medal, an Oireachtas medal, four Railway Cups and three All Star hurling awards and starred on the Limerick team that won the All-Ireland title in 1973 – Limerick's first since 1940.
A number of players from both teams of the millennium were in attendance for the unveiling of the exhibition, including hurlers Tony Reddin (Tipperary), Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary), Ray Cummins (Cork), Eddie Keher (Kilkenny), and Martin O'Connell (Meath), Mikey Sheehy (Kerry), Seán Murphy (Kerry) and Seán O'Neill (Down) from the football team. Relatives of the other team members were also present.