GAA:Greatest Players in Gaelic Football and Hurling

Gaelic Football

The Team of the Century was nominated in 1984 by Sunday Independent readers and selected by a panel of experts including journalists and former players. It was chosen as part of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s centenary year celebrations.

Goalkeeper
Dan O’Keeffe
(Kerry)

Right Corner Back         Full Back              Left Corner Back
Enda Colleran                Paddy O’Brien      Seán Flanagan
(Galway)                           (Meath)                   (Mayo)

Right Half Back              Centre Back         Left Half Back
Sean Murphy                 J. J. O’Reilly          Stephen White
(Kerry)                               (Cavan)                  (Louth)

Midfield
Mick O’Connell                                  Jack O’Shea
(Kerry)                                                 (Kerry)

Right Half Forward           Centre Forward           Left Half Forward
Seán O’Neill                             Sean Purcell                Pat Spillane
(Down)                                        (Galway)                        (Kerry)

Right Corner Forward         Full Forward          Left Corner Forward
Mikey Sheehy                      Tommy Langan          Kevin Heffernan
(Kerry)                                         (Mayo)                         (Dublin)

The Team of the Millennium was a team chosen in 1999 by a panel of GAA past presidents and journalists. The goal was to single out the best ever 15 players who had played the game in their respective positions

Goalkeeper
Dan O’Keeffe
(Kerry)

Right Corner Back         Full Back              Left Corner Back
Enda Colleran                Joe Keohane         Seán Flanagan
(Galway)                           (Kerry)              (Mayo)

Right Half Back              Centre Back         Left Half Back
Sean Murphy                 J. J. O’Reilly          Martin O’Connell
(Kerry)                               (Cavan)                  (Meath)

Midfield
Mick O’Connell                                  Tommy Murphy
(Kerry)                                                 (Laois)

Right Half Forward           Centre Forward           Left Half Forward
Seán O’Neill                             Sean Purcell                Pat Spillane
(Down)                                        (Galway)                        (Kerry)

Right Corner Forward         Full Forward          Left Corner Forward
Mikey Sheehy                      Tommy Langan          Kevin Heffernan
(Kerry)                                         (Mayo)                         (Dublin)

Hurling

The GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium was announced by GAA President Seán McCague at a special dinner at Croke Park on 24 July 2000. The initiative was sponsored by An Post who issued special commemorative stamps of the Millennium team members. The team is a fifteen-member side of the best hurling players of all-time.

Goalkeeper: Tony Reddin Tipperary (1947–1957)
Right corner-back: John Doyle Tipperary (1949–1967)
Full-back: Nick O’Donnell Wexford (1951–1962)
Left corner-back: Bobby Rackard Wexford (1945–1957)
Right wing-back: Paddy Phelan Kilkenny (1931–1940)
Centre-back: John Keane Waterford (1935–1951)
Left wing-back: Brian Whelahan Offaly (1989–2006)
Midfield: Jack Lynch Cork (1936–1950)
Midfield: Lory Meagher Kilkenny (1924–1936)
Right wing-forward: Christy Ring Cork (1939–1962)
Centre-forward: Mick Mackey Limerick (1930–1946)
Left wing-forward: Jim Langton Kilkenny (1939–1950)
Left corner-forward: Eddie Keher Kilkenny (1959–1977)
Full-forward: Ray Cummins Cork (1969–1982)
Right corner-forward: Jimmy Doyle Tipperary (1957–1973)

The Hurling Team of the Century was chosen as part of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s centenary year celebrations in 1984 to comprise as a fifteen-member side divided as one goalkeeper three half-backs two midfielders three half-forwardss and three full-forwards

Goalkeeper: Tony Reddin Tipperary (1947–1957)
Right corner-back: Bobby Rackard Wexford (1945–1957)
Full-back: Nick O’Donnell Wexford (1951–1962)
Left corner-back: John Doyle Tipperary (1949–1967)
Right wing-back: Jimmy Finn Tipperary (1950-1959)
Centre-back: John Keane Waterford (1935–1951)
Left wing-back: Paddy Phelan Kilkenny (1931–1940)
Midfield: Jack Lynch Cork (1936–1950)
Midfield: Lory Meagher Kilkenny (1924–1936)
Right wing-forward: Christy Ring Cork (1939–1962)
Centre-forward: Mick Mackey Limerick (1930–1946)
Left wing-forward: Jim Langton Kilkenny (1939–1950)
Left corner-forward: Eddie Keher Kilkenny (1959–1977)
Full-forward: Nicky Rackard Wexford (1940–1956)
Right corner-forward: Jimmy Doyle Tipperary (1957–1973)

All-Star Awards are given to the top player in each position for hurling and football each year since 1971. The most All-stars have gone to:

 

11 Awards – Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) in hurling
9 awards – Pat Spillane (Kerry) in football; D.J. Carey and Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) in hurling.
7 awards – Mikey Sheehy and Colm Cooper (Kerry) in football; Noel Skehan (Kilkenny) in hurling
6 awards – Peter Canavan (Tyrone) Jack O’Shea and Ger Power (Kerry) in football; Joe McKenna (Limerick) Nicky English and Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) and J.J.Delaney in hurling
GAA

The 125 greatest stars of the GAA is an Irish Independent commissioned list of the greatest hurlers and Gaelic footballers of all-time. Unveiled in November 2009 through five stages in the newspaper the list marked part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) the governing body of Gaelic games.

The top thirty in each list are as follows:

Hurling
1 Henry Shefflin Kilkenny
2 Christy Ring Cork
3 Jimmy Doyle Tipperary
4 D.J. Carey Kilkenny
5 Eddie Keher Kilkenny
6 Nicky Rackard Wexford
7 Brian Whelahan Offaly
8 Mick Mackey Limerick
9 Lory Meagher Kilkenny
10 Tommy Walsh Kilkenny
11 Nicky English Tipperary
12 Joe Cooney Galway
13 John Doyle Tipperary
14 Jack Lynch Cork
15 Nick O’Donnell Wexford
16 Noel Skehan Kilkenny
17 Bobby Rackard Wexford
18 John Fenton Cork
19 Ger Henderson Kilkenny
20 John Keane Waterford
21 Pat Hartigan Limerick
22 Brian Lohan Clare
23 Jimmy Finn Tipperary
24 Ray Cummins Cork
25 Tony Reddin Tipperary
26 Frank Cummins Kilkenny
27 John Connolly Galway
28 Éamonn Cregan Limerick
29 Paddy Phelan Kilkenny
30 Joe McKenna Offaly

Football

1 Jack O’Shea Kerry
2 Sean Purcell Galway
3 Peter Canavan Tyrone
4 Mick O’Connell Kerry
5 Seán O’Neill Down
6 Pat Spillane Kerry
7 Mike Sheehy Kerry
8 Matt Connor Offaly
9 John Joe O’Reilly Cavan
10 Seamus Moynihan Kerry
11 Brian Mullins Dubin
12 Larry Tompkins Cork
13 Mick O’Dwyer Kerry
14 Kevin Heffernan Dublin
15 Dan O’Keeffe Kerry
16 Tom Langan Mayo
17 Mickey Kearins Sligo
18 John O’Keeffe Kerry
19 Eoin Liston Kerry
20 Colm Cooper Kerry
21 Colm O’Rourke Meath
22 Sean Flanagan Mayo
23 Darragh O’Se Kerry
24 Paddy O’Brien Meath
25 Enda Colleran Galway
26 Paidi O’Se Kerry
27 Mattie McDonagh Galway
28 John Egan Kerry
29 John O’Leary Dublin
30 Paddy Doherty Down

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