Thursday 23 November 2017

'Duals' in the crown - the top 10 Cork sportsmen

CORK has a rich sporting heritage with multi-talented performers in many codes. Here is a list of 10 top Cork players who could – or did – make the grade in more than one sport

Denis Irwin celebrates scoring Ireland's first goal from the penalty spot in the European Championship Qualifier versus Croatia in 1998. Picture Credit: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE.
Denis Irwin celebrates scoring Ireland's first goal from the penalty spot in the European Championship Qualifier versus Croatia in 1998. Picture Credit: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE.

1 Dinny Allen

FAI Cup medal with Cork Hibernians; All-Ireland football winner with Cork.

2 Dave Barry

FAI Cup-winning manager of Cork City; All-Ireland football medal winner with Cork.

3 Teddy McCarthy

Only man to win All-Ireland hurling and football medals in the same year (1990).

4 Billy Morgan

All-Ireland football winner as a player and manager with Cork; impressed Glasgow Celtic when on trial with the Lisbon Lions.

5 Jimmy Barry-Murphy

All-Ireland football and hurling medal winner as a player with Cork; managed Cork to minor and senior hurling All-Irelands; could easily have made a career in English soccer if that had been his ambition.

6 Denis Irwin

Multi-medal winner with Manchester United including Cup Winners Cup and Champions League; as a schoolboy at Coláiste Chríost Rí and a member of St Finbarr's was tipped for future hurling and football stardom.

7 Tomas O'Leary

Munster and Ireland Rugby player; Captain of Cork All-Ireland minor hurling-winning team in 2001.

8 Darren Sweetman

Inter-county hurler; under-age badminton and hockey international; Munster rugby player and Ireland U-20 rugby international.

9 Setanta O hAilpin

All Star Cork hurler and Australian Rules professional.

10 Noel Cantwell

International soccer player and Irish international cricketer.

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