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Five of the best hurlers never to win an All-Ireland medal

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John Mullane won four Munster titles and five All-Stars during his playing career with Waterford

John Mullane won four Munster titles and five All-Stars during his playing career with Waterford

John Mullane won four Munster titles and five All-Stars during his playing career with Waterford

The retirement of Dublin hurler Stephen Hiney means that he joins the growing list of gifted inter-county hurlers to miss out on winning Liam McCarthy. Here are five of the best.

John Mullane (Waterford)

One of the most eye-catching forwards of the last 20 years, Mullane was the main scoring threat for Waterford as they collected four Munster titles between 2002 and 2010. Scored a hat-trick against Cork in 2003 provincial defeat and was part of the side that lost by 23 points to neighbours Kilkenny in the 2007 All-Ireland Final.

Won five All-Stars during his career and was close to unstoppable in full flight.

Ollie Canning (Galway)

The four-time All-Star is generally considered one of the best corner backs to ever grace the game. Announced his retirement in 2010 after 34 championship appearances that included coming out of retirement in 2008, winning his final All-Star the following year.

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Ollie Canning. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Ollie Canning. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Ollie Canning. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Ciarán Carey (Limerick)

The current Limerick selector and former captain of Limerick was a central figure in the sides that lost All-Irelands in 1994 and 1996.

A towering presence in defence, he was honoured with three All-Stars. Also lost an All-Ireland at intermediate level after calling time on his senior inter-county career prior to the 2004 championship.

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Ciaran Carey

Ciaran Carey

Ciaran Carey

Terence McNaughton (Antrim)

Better known as ‘Sambo’, the Cushendall man played in both attack and defence over a lengthy career, lining out at corner-forward in the 1989 All-Ireland final.

He won an All-Star award in 1991 and went on to manage his county.

Ken McGrath

The leader of one of the greatest crop of players Waterford has ever produced, a supremely gifted hurler in attack or defence. Made his championship debut in 1996 and part of the Deise side that lost the 1998 All-Ireland semi-final to Kilkenny by a point, the county's first appearance at Croke Park since 1963.

Retired in 2010 with four Munster titles, three All-Stars, but crucially, no Liam McCarthy medal.

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Ken McGrath Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Ken McGrath Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Ken McGrath Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

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