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08-04-2020, 10:00   #1
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GAA Pub Chats

See this elsewhere. a thread devoted to some random discussions on all things GAA (past and present) as a diversion to fill the long evenings ahead.

Firstly: Your top 5 GAA players of all time.

No real criteria, it can be players you grew up watching or those from before your time you still think warrant a place on your list. Doesn't have to be someone with the most medals, All-Stars etc. Doesn't have to be from your own county etc

Secondly: Your favorite every game and why

Again no criteria. Can be county, club, school etc whatever you want it to be
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08-04-2020, 16:26   #2
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From my lifetime

Hurling
Henry shefflin
TJ Reid
JJ Deleaney
Joe Canning
Seamus callanan

Football
Diarmuid Connolly
Tomas o se
Pauraic Joyce
James Mc Carthy
Brian Fenton

Best game of hurling
Kk v Tipp 2014 draw

Football
Dublin v mayo 2015 draw
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08-04-2020, 17:58   #3
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Based on what I've seen myself so not of all time!!

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King Henry
Tommy Walsh
Eoin Kelly (Tipp)
Joe Canning
John Mullane

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Michael Murphy
Maurice Fitzgerald
Owen Mulligan
Kieran Donaghy
Sean cavanagh

1980 AI hurling final,Galway/Limerick.
First time in Croker on a school trip from Donegal!

2019 AI club final Corofin/Crokes.

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08-04-2020, 18:40   #4
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Hard to pick 5 favourites out of all the great players i've seen but i'll give it a go

Football
Ciaran Kilkenny, Dublin
Brian Fenton, Dublin
Jack.McCaffrey, Dublin
Michael Murphy, Donegal
Sean Cavanagh, Tyrone

Hurling
Eoin Kelly, Tipp
John Leahy, Tipp
DJ Carey, KK
JJ Delaney, KK
Ken McGrath, Wat

Best game
Football
Dublin v Mayo All Ire final 2017. Had it all. Lovely day. Great scores. Red cards. Connolly's introduction. Last gasp winning free in injury time. Keegan throwing his gadget and missing. Dublin playing risky possession running down the last two minutes. Full time whistle. Hugged my Mam (only match i was ever at with her). Went off to celebrate. Great day.

Hurling
Tipp v KK All Ire final 2009, had it all. Bar the result. Ferocious hurling from start to finish. Tipp were class but Benny Dunne really let himself and the team down. Richie Powers terrible decision of a penalty when for me it was a free out. Tipp spurning two great goal chances. Comerfords goal right after Shefflins penalty to break Tipps resolve. My Dads a Tipp man and it broke my heart see his head bowed at the end but it was the best game i've ever seen.

Favourite game
Football
2011 Dublin v Kerry All Ire final. The ending of a small famine and the beginning of a large feast.

Hurling
2010 Tipp v Kilkenny All Ire final. Tipp getting revenge for the previous years hurt and stopping Cody and co. doing the immortal 5 in a row. Quite rightly that was left for Jim Gavin and his city slickers to do a decade later.

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Apologies OP i realise now you didn't ask for best games but i got a bit carried away and i've a lot of time on my hands these days. Too much. Good crack though. Good thread.
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Football
Peter Canavan
Michael Murphy
Colm Cooper
Anthony Tohill
Matty Forde

Hurling
Henry Shefflin
Joe Canning
JJ Delaney
DJ Carey
Brian Whelehan

Favourite ever game
2010 Wexford senior football final: Castletown 0-12 Kilanerin 0-9. Having grown up in the 90s seeing the neighbours win the title every second year, edging closer to our tally as we in the midst of a drought, and with Matty Forde an ominous presence up front, it was wonderful
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Ciaran Carey
Mick Mackey
TJ Reid
Brian Corcoran
Joe Canning

Peter Canavan
Maurice Fitzgerald
Colm Cooper
Stephen Cluxton
Ciaran Whelan

Limerick AI win 2018

Dublin AI win 2011

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Apologies OP i realise now you didn't ask for best games but i got a bit carried away and i've a lot of time on my hands these days. Too much. Good crack though. Good thread.
Well people can add to it as well and list whatever they like
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Football

Gooch
Peter Canavan
Michael Murphy
Brian Fenton
James Mc Carthy

Hurling

DJ Carey
John Fenton
Tommy Walsh
Seamus Callanan
Joe Canning

Heresy no King Henry,of course he's top 5 but trying to mix things up a tad.

2017 Mayo v Dublin

Yet another loss but IMO the finest modern All Ireland football final.
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Not saying they were the best, but these are my favourites.
Football:
Peter Canavan
Colm Cooper
Seamus Moynihan
Padraig Joyce
Trevor Giles

Hurling:
DJ Carey
Tommy Walsh
Joe Canning
Noel McGrath
John Mullane

Best match: Kildare v Meath(1st replay 1997). An epic...
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09-04-2020, 15:49   #11
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Favourite players

Seamus Moynihan
Lee Keegan
Darragh O'Se
Maurice Fitzgerald
Ciaran McDonald

I could watch that 5 a side play all day.

Favourite game: Any game the kids are playing in. Aside from that, Mayo Dublin 06 Semi, a rollercoaster of emotions from the warm up.
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Hard to pick just 5 favourite players..

Football
Michael Murphy, no explanation needed.
Martin Shovlin (Donegal) would go through brick wall for ye
Matte Forde (wexford) unreal talent and some unbelievable scores
Peter Lambert (Tipp) same as above, both lads would have walked onto any team in their day
Vinny Murphy (Dubs).. having watched the 92 AI final a few times recently, that man was basically unmarkable on form, on another day, he could have it the net a few times in the final..
Cluxton.. added a 6th as his distribution over the years, has def been some bonus to that Dublin team..



Best game
Donegal v Kildare and no, not 2011 but 10 years earlier i think in 2001, we got well ahead, hammering them, came back and beat us by a point, we had little support that day but always thought that was some game


Favourite game
1992, AI final obviously beating the Dubs on their own patch was unreal but for me, beating Derry in the Ulster final with 14 men was the big one, they had won the National League and dethroned the reigning AI Champs Down so we were meant to be a stepping stone for them....And on the same day, Clare beat Kerry to win Munster and stole our headlines
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Hurling
Dj Carey - wizard
Henry Shefflin - The king
Diarmuid Lyng - Such talent
Ken McGrath - unbelievable hurler
Brendan Cummins - best ever?

Football -
Gooch
Kieran Donaghy
Graham Geraghty
Ciaran McDonald
Padraic Joyce

Game-
2006 All Ireland Senior Hurling Final.
Kilkenny V Cork - Kilkenny stopped Cork getting 3 in a row, and started the takeover of hurling to Noreside.
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Somw of mine who might a bit different

Hurling

Shane Brick (Kerry)

In some ways he never got to see him at his very best as had a lot of injuries when he should have been in his prime. Was very good during the 2003 championship when Kerry went to the last round of he qualfiers. As also brillent at club level.

Nicky Horan (Meath)

In the early 2000's was right up there with some of the best in the counties. Was one of the top scorers in the championship for a few seasons. Won a Railway Cup as well from what i remember.

Liam Watson (Antrim)

Another who we probally didn;t get to see him at his best, for many different reasons... His displays in the 2010 All-Ireland quater-final and 2012 club final showed how good he could really be.

James Young (Laois)

Nominated twice for an All-Star in 2006 and 2007. One of the top scoers in the championship for a few seasons, and at his rest was very good. How things ended for some might take away from it a little.

Shane Dooley (Offaly)

In another era he'd probally go down as one of the greats. Some of his scoring rates have been up there with the Horgans and Cannings. One of the all time championship top scorers to boot.

Football

Padraic Davis (Longford)

An often forgotten brilliant player. As good as anyone during the 2000's. Another player like Mattie Forde etc who benafited from getting more games in the qualifer era.

Mike Frank Russell (Kerry)

Might seem odd to have a five time All-Ireland winner in this list with the others. But many seem to forget just how good he actually was. From 2000 to around 2002 was unstoppable at times.

Frankie Dolan (Roacommon)

Sometimes better know for his club football, but was also a great intercounty player for a few seasons. More over in 2003 when he was very unlucky to not get an All-Star. His displays againest Offaly and Kildare were top class.

Beano McDonald (Laois)

Only for injuries he could really have been one of the best. Unlucky to not get an All-Star in 2003. Was unreal at times at underage level.

Ciaran McManus (Offaly)

While he had a somewhat good start to his carrer with a Leinster and League title but like in hurling Offaly fell behind the rest. Was great during the International Rules as well.
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10 footballers because I don’t know enough hurlers.

Alan Brogan, Derek Duggan, Kevin O’Brien, Kieran Donaghy, Padraig Joyce, Greg Blaney, Michael Murphy, Colin Corkery, Johnny Nevin, Conor McManus.

Favourite game ever - Kerry Mayo replay in Limerick.

Memory - the sea of red and black in 1991.

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