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Who Is Your GAA "Cult Hero"?

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A disappearing individual sadly, I grew up on stories of Billy Byrne (I think he was retired before I was born) and great characters like Sylvie Linnane, Willie Joe Padden, etc.
Generally these were players who did things a bit differently, maybe had a tash, carried a few stone on the front, but they could hurl or play football when all was said and done.
Who is your GAA Cult hero? I think my era is now too serious and professional for these characters to get anywhere in the game.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 621 - 20/03/2020 15:19:14    2274163

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "A disappearing individual sadly, I grew up on stories of Billy Byrne (I think he was retired before I was born) and great characters like Sylvie Linnane, Willie Joe Padden, etc.
Generally these were players who did things a bit differently, maybe had a tash, carried a few stone on the front, but they could hurl or play football when all was said and done.
Who is your GAA Cult hero? I think my era is now too serious and professional for these characters to get anywhere in the game."
just a bit too young to remember the great Roscommon team of the 70's, although Dermot Earley was the undoubted star Harry Keegan was a bit of a cult figure. Outside of that I remember I used to watch the BBC highlights of the Ulster championship in the 80's a Ger Houlihan or Armagh became my favourite player round then. And then in Hurling could be no one other than the Antrim goalie Niall Patterson.

Rosineri1 (UK) - Posts: 1878 - 20/03/2020 16:09:47    2274171

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Johnny Doyle

lilypad (Kildare) - Posts: 1139 - 20/03/2020 16:20:56    2274173

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Replying To Rosineri1:  "just a bit too young to remember the great Roscommon team of the 70's, although Dermot Earley was the undoubted star Harry Keegan was a bit of a cult figure. Outside of that I remember I used to watch the BBC highlights of the Ulster championship in the 80's a Ger Houlihan or Armagh became my favourite player round then. And then in Hurling could be no one other than the Antrim goalie Niall Patterson."
I know Harry quite well. A very fine man indeed and a fierce competitor every day he played.

Oldertourman (Limerick) - Posts: 96 - 20/03/2020 17:06:37    2274175

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Billy Dooley
Watched some of the 1994 all Ireland earlier in the week. What a game he had. 5 points and won the free that was scored and set up John troys late point also.

Also, John Troy. What a player he was. He was doing all the flicks back then that the likes of cian lynch is doing now. Possibly the most naturally gifted hurler of them all.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 2841 - 20/03/2020 17:21:20    2274177

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I always had a soft spot for the rough and ready players. Plunkett Donaghy, Ollie Honeyman, Liam Harnan, Anthony Molloy, TJ Kilgallon. Lads who would go through a wall for you and could be counted on when the going got tough.

Roger (Meath) - Posts: 399 - 20/03/2020 19:47:43    2274185

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SACK WALSH, WHAT MAN,,

Stmunnsriver (Wexford) - Posts: 1816 - 20/03/2020 20:10:25    2274186

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Graham Geraghty. That is all.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 16512 - 20/03/2020 20:19:46    2274189

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Rory Woods

MonaghanGlory (Monaghan) - Posts: 688 - 20/03/2020 20:36:40    2274191

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "A disappearing individual sadly, I grew up on stories of Billy Byrne (I think he was retired before I was born) and great characters like Sylvie Linnane, Willie Joe Padden, etc.
Generally these were players who did things a bit differently, maybe had a tash, carried a few stone on the front, but they could hurl or play football when all was said and done.
Who is your GAA Cult hero? I think my era is now too serious and professional for these characters to get anywhere in the game."
the great peter canavan . what an inspirational leader

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1212 - 20/03/2020 20:42:36    2274193

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So many in my own county but from other counties Charlie Gallagher, Jimmy Barry-Murphy and the one the only Matt Connor

Maroonatic (Galway) - Posts: 922 - 20/03/2020 21:02:16    2274195

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Dr Croke of Kilbrin

DuhallowRed (Cork) - Posts: 105 - 20/03/2020 21:08:04    2274196

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Jimmy The Pope Keaveney. A legend who looked like he had been dragged out of a boozer a few hours before each game but who had silken skills and an incredible eye for the posts.

Joxer (Dublin) - Posts: 4237 - 20/03/2020 22:04:46    2274206

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Martin Shovlin

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6789 - 20/03/2020 22:32:13    2274208

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Ollie Walsh.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 887 - 20/03/2020 22:41:03    2274209

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Peter Mulgrew

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 700 - 21/03/2020 09:40:34    2274215

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "A disappearing individual sadly, I grew up on stories of Billy Byrne (I think he was retired before I was born) and great characters like Sylvie Linnane, Willie Joe Padden, etc.
Generally these were players who did things a bit differently, maybe had a tash, carried a few stone on the front, but they could hurl or play football when all was said and done.
Who is your GAA Cult hero? I think my era is now too serious and professional for these characters to get anywhere in the game."
Gerry McEntee of Meath, Sean Lowry of Offaly and Brian Mullins of Dublin. Big strong, no nonsense players, who could sort it any which way it came at them.

Hoganstood (USA) - Posts: 1 - 21/03/2020 10:23:43    2274219

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Replying To Hoganstood:  "Gerry McEntee of Meath, Sean Lowry of Offaly and Brian Mullins of Dublin. Big strong, no nonsense players, who could sort it any which way it came at them."
Ciaran Carey- winning point in '96-iconic

Oldertourman (Limerick) - Posts: 96 - 21/03/2020 10:37:04    2274221

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From my own county Damien Fitzhenry and further afield Johnny Pilkington of Offaly just see the quote below on pre match preparation.

"The night before," says Johnny.

"I'd have three or four grand pints in the local pub, the safest place to be.

"Then on match day you'd go into the dressing-room, the lads'd be banging the hurl off the table.

"I'd go in, tap the ball off the shower wall, get togged out and then go in and just have the last fag..."

wexico15 (Wexford) - Posts: 2058 - 21/03/2020 11:28:31    2274225

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Replying To wexico15:  "From my own county Damien Fitzhenry and further afield Johnny Pilkington of Offaly just see the quote below on pre match preparation.

"The night before," says Johnny.

"I'd have three or four grand pints in the local pub, the safest place to be.

"Then on match day you'd go into the dressing-room, the lads'd be banging the hurl off the table.

"I'd go in, tap the ball off the shower wall, get togged out and then go in and just have the last fag...""
That reminds me of my friend that used to smoke at half time of a game, lads would often say to him how could he do it and he used to say that it helped open his lungs and he could run faster for longer, and in fairness he was one of the fittest lads on the team.

I'm not recommendung smoking by the way, this is just what 1 man I know used to do.

Of course back in my grandfathers time fellas used to smoke during the game.

Times have changed.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 10762 - 21/03/2020 13:21:20    2274232

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