Originally Posted by Motivator
Padraig Harrington is the best sports person we have ever produced. For those of you with little to no interest in golf, just look up his achievements in 2007 and 2008 alone. He was the best player in the world, not on official rankings though - he was 3rd, but on form. He was playing unbelievable golf and won three majors in 12 months which won’t ever be done again by an Irish golfer. On top of his talent and achievements he’s an unbelievably nice man and a great ambassador for Ireland.
Roy Keane being nominated is a joke and is being heralded as the greatest by biased Man United fans. Keane wasn’t even the best player in the Man United team and wouldn’t be in the top 3 midfielders to play in the Premier League. That’s a fact.
Ah come on. You obviously aren’t a United fan. Personally, I hate Keane but he’s certainly in the conversation for greatest ever Irish sportsperson. He’s in there with Giles, Brady, O’Driscoll, Taylor and Harrington for me.
This is the problem with this debate and Keane specifically. There are so many agendas affecting people’s opinions that the debate is polarised and reasoned debate is hard to come by. From the OPs, “there is no debate, it’s Keane” to your opinion on the other end of the spectrum.
On Harrington, what he did was amazing but there are a couple of factors against him. It happened across a relatively short time frame, the greates golfer in the world wasn’t competing in some of those majors and I don’t agree that any other Irish golfer can’t do it. That said, I’d probably go for Harrington if I was pressed to name our greatest sports person.