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GAA Top 20: Canning, Cooney or Connolly - who is the greatest Galway hurler of the last 50 years?

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Joe Cooney and Joe Canning have 5 All-Stars each with Cooney's two All-Irelands one ahead of Canning so far. Photo: Sportsfile

Joe Cooney and Joe Canning have 5 All-Stars each with Cooney's two All-Irelands one ahead of Canning so far. Photo: Sportsfile

Joe Cooney and Joe Canning have 5 All-Stars each with Cooney's two All-Irelands one ahead of Canning so far. Photo: Sportsfile

What were the odds on the three best Galway hurlers of the last 50 years – and possibly of all time – having the same initials?

A real longshot, but it came to pass with John Connolly, Joe Cooney and Joe Canning showcasing their amazing array skills for a combined total of 42 years. And with Canning still playing, that span will extend further whenever the current plague lifts.


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