Tuesday 17 January 2017

Five of the best from the last generation of midfield generals

Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00

Darragh O Se (Kerry) 1994-2009

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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.

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