Thursday 22 February 2018

rebelS' MODERN DUAL STARS

BRIAN CORCORAN

A year after playing in the 1993 All-Ireland senior final against Derry, Corcoran gave one of the greatest underage defensive exhibitions in the 1994 All-Ireland U-21 final against Mayo. Yet after just 10 days preparation before the 1998 Munster semi-final against Kerry, Corcoran was cleaned out and never played for the footballers again.

SEáN óG ó hAILPíN

Had an opportunity in 1999 to equal Teddy McCarthy's unique record of winning All-Ireland medals in both codes in the same season but Cork lost the football final two weeks after winning the hurling. A serious leg injury from a car crash in 2001 ended his dual career.

DIARMUID O'SULLIVAN

Tried it for one year in 2002 and won a Munster football medal. One of the defining images of the hurlers' catastrophic season that year was seeing O'Sullivan, sweat dripping off him, running from the drawn Munster football final against Tipperary to the hurlers' dressing-room for their qualifier clash with Galway.

TOM KENNY

Played for just one season in 2003, and in just one match of the footballers' disastrous two-game season.

EOIN CADOGAN

A dual Cork senior since 2007, he made his championship debut for the footballers in that year's All-Ireland semi-final against Meath before making his championship debut with the hurlers in 2008 against Dublin. Tried to combine both codes until choosing to go solely with the footballers in 2013. Now back with both squads.

DAMIEN CAHALANE

Son of former footballer Niall, Cahalane made his debut for the hurlers at full-back in the 2012 qualifiers before opting to focus fully with the footballers in 2013, when he firmly established himself. Has reportedly gone really well in training with the hurlers.

Irish Independent

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