Wednesday 21 March 2018

Call off the dogs – here's my best dual stars of last 50 years

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

My inbox overheated last Saturday with complaints from readers over a dual team I selected in conjunction with a feature on Aidan Walsh's decision to combine hurling and football next year.

The main source of angst concerned the absence of Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Ray Cummins, two of the best dual players.

Quite right too, but the team wasn't meant to be the best of all time.

Instead, I wanted to include as many counties as possible (it came to 13) – hence the exclusion of JBM and Cummins in order to include Paddy Quirke (Carlow) and Greg Blaney (Down).

Unfortunately, an explanatory line to that effect was omitted.

As for the best team, how about this from the last 50 years?

Brendan Cummins (Tipperary);

Brian Corcoran (Cork)

Denis Walsh (Cork)

Brian Murphy (Cork);

Sean Og O hAilpin (Cork)

Denis Coughlan (Cork)

Liam Currams (Offaly);

Des Foley (Dublin)

Teddy McCarthy (Cork);

Conal Keaney (Dublin)

George O'Connor (Wexford)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork); 'Babs' Keating (Tipperary)

Ray Cummins (Cork)

Pat Dunney (Kildare)

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