Five of the best from the last generation of midfield generals
Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00
Darragh O Se (Kerry) 1994-2009
Holds the record for the number of championship appearances in a top-level career that spanned 16 summers. Winner of six All-Ireland medals and generally regarded as the best midfielder of his era.
Kevin Walsh (Galway) 1989-2003
Injuries curtailed his impact in the earlier part of his career, but it was no coincidence that when they eased and he returned, Galway became a major force again from 1998 to 2003. Won two All-Ireland medals and had terrific hands.
Anthony Tohill (Derry) 1991-2003
Brought style as well as substance to the Derry midfield. One of the most accurate passers of a ball in the position and also a high-grade free-taker. Won just one All-Ireland medal, in 1993.
John McDermott (Meath) 1991-2001
Meath's demise as a dominant force at the beginning of the last decade can be traced to McDermott's departure. A supreme catcher and ferocious competitor at all times, he won All-Ireland medals in 1996 and '99.
Ciaran Whelan (Dublin) 1996-2009
Ran the show for Dublin for almost a decade and a half, but an All-Ireland medal eluded him. At his best going forward and picking off important scores, but also did the more mundane midfield duties well.