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Cult Heroes: Eddie Macken blazed a trail and left legacy of many shredded back gardens

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Irish showjumper Eddie Macken. Photo: Tony Gavin

Irish showjumper Eddie Macken. Photo: Tony Gavin

Irish showjumper Eddie Macken. Photo: Tony Gavin

The Irish Independent sports team has thrown up quite an eclectic mix of sporting cult heroes over the last week-and-a-half, characters who illuminated the theatres in which they performed, bringing grace, charisma and even controversy with them.

From the world of GAA the impact made by Ciarán McDonald, Niall Patterson, Graham Geraghty, and Vinnie Murphy have been chronicled, soccer has thrown up Clive Allen and Dennis Bergkamp and, at a more local level, Jackie Jameson. From the rugby vaults has come Shannon's Andrew Thompson.

Most accounts have revealed something about the age of impression of the beholder and have, of course, been wonderfully teased out and scripted.