Monday 25 September 2017

Martin Breheny picks his dual-star dream XV

1. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
1. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)
2. Kieran McKeever (Derry)
3. Stephen Lucey (Limerick)
5. Keith Higgins (Mayo)
6. Brian Corcoran (Cork)
7. Liam Currams (Offaly)
8. Teddy McCarthy (cork)
9. George O'Connor (Wexford)
10. Conal Keaney (Dublin)
11. Paddy Quirke (Carlow)
12. Alan Kerins (Galway)
13. Michael 'Babs' Keating (Tipperary)
14. Pat Dunney (Kildare)
15. Greg Blaney (Down)

Martin Breheny picks the best team of all time comprising of stars of both codes in the GAA.

1. Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)

Best known as one of the best hurling goalkeepers of all time in an 18-year championship career, he featured as a forward on the football team for some years, including 2002, when Tipperary drew the Munster final with Cork before losing the replay.

 

2. Kieran McKeever (Derry)

A defender in football, winning an All-Ireland senior title in 1993 and Ulster titles in 1993-98, he was at centre-forward on the 2000

hurling team which brought the Ulster title back to Derry for thefirst time since 1908.

 

3. Stephen Lucey (Limerick)

The dual mandate caused some problems for various Limerick players on occasions as managers expected exclusivity.

Lucey balanced both as best he could for a number of years.

 

4. Brian Murphy (Cork)

The most successful dual player in GAA history, he is the only one to have won All-Ireland medals in both codes at minor, U-21 and senior level.

He also won All-Ireland Colleges and Railway Cup medals and All Star awards in both codes.

 

5. Keith Higgins(Mayo)

Best known as a footballer but has always hurled for Mayo too when circumstances allow it.

There are many who believe that if he were in a st rong dual county like Cork, he would have earned more plaudits for hurling than football.

 

6. Brian Corcoran (Cork)

A member of exc lusive club who played in All-Ireland senior football and hurling finals, he was successful in the 1999-2004-2005 hurling decider s but Cork lost the 1993 footbal final. Combined both codes for six seasons.

 

7. Liam Currams(Offaly)

He played in both the All-Ireland senior hurling and football finals in 1981, winning the former and losing the latter.

However, Offaly won the football title a year later.

He won an All Star award in both codes.

 

8. Teddy McCarthy (Cork)

An All-Ireland senior medal winner in hurling and football in 1990, it was a unique achievement by a man who combined both codes for most of his career.

 

9. George O’Connor(Wexford)

He fulfilled the dual mandate in his early years before concentrating on hurling where he crowned a lengthy career with

an All-Ireland medal in 1996.

 

10. Conal Keaney (Dublin)

Dublin's hurling success in Leinster this year brought him into the dual provincial winners' club.

He won Leinster football medals in 2005-06-07-08-09.

 

11. Paddy Quirke (Carlow)

A star performer in both codes for many years, he would have picked up most of the big honours if he were playing with a more successful county.

He played Railway Cup hurling and football with Leinster.

 

12. Alan Kerins (Galway)

Played in both the All-Ireland senior hurling and football(sub) finals in 2001.

Better known as a hurler, his main honours at senior level came in football, winning All-Ireland medals in the inter-county(2001) and club championships (Salthill-Knocknacarra 2006).

 

13. ‘Babs’ Keating (Tipperary)

He won every honour in hurling but also had a fine football career which included regular recognition by the Munster selectors.

 

14. Pat Dunney (Kildare)

He holds the distinction of being the only Kildare man to win Railw ay Cup medals in football (1974) and hurling (1971-72-74-75).

An opportunist forw ard in football, he was a defender in hurling.

His fellow-county man, Tommy Carew was also a dual performer in the 1960s-70s.

 

15. Greg Blaney (Down)

One of Down's bes t ever footballforwards, he was also a hugely gifted hurler in a career which reached its high point in 1992 when the Mourne men won the Ulster title.

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