Dual player or dual star is a term used in Irish English to describe someone who competes in multiple sports - for example in Victorian Ireland cricket and hurling. The term today in Gaelic games typically describes a male player who plays both Gaelic football and hurling or, if a female player, a player of ladies' Gaelic football and camogie. The player does not necessarily have to play at the same standard in both sports. The number of dual stars at county level has decreased recently due to the increasing demands placed upon the best players of both sports.
List of dual players with All-Ireland titles
|Name||Team(s)||All-Ireland SHC titles||All-Ireland SFC titles|
|Barry-Murphy, Jimmy||Cork||1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986||1973|
|Burke, Frank||Dublin||1917, 1920||1921, 1922, 1923|
|Coughlan, Denis||Cork||1976, 1977, 1978||1973|
|Cummins, Ray||Cork||1970, 1976, 1977, 1978||1973|
|Ferguson, Des||Dublin||—||1958, 1963|
|Foley, Lar||Dublin||—||1958, 1963|
|1911, 1912, 1913||1906, 1907|
|Lynch, Jack||Cork||1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946||1945|
|McCarthy, Teddy||Cork||1986, 1990||1989, 1990|
|Mackey, Paddy||Wexford||1910||1915, 1916, 1917, 1918|
|Murphy, Brian||Cork||1976, 1977, 1978||1973|
|Ó hAilpín, Seán Óg||Cork||1999, 2004, 2005||—|
|O'Kennedy, Seán||Wexford||1910||1915, 1916, 1917|
|Spain, W. J.||Dublin
In 1990, Teddy McCarthy of Cork became the first player to win both a football and a hurling All-Ireland in the same year. This unique achievement remains intact as of 2013.
Ex-Taoiseach Jack Lynch won one football and five hurling All-Irelands with Cork during the 1940s. To this day he is the only player in history to have won All-Ireland senior medals in six consecutive years.
List of dual players with All Stars in both codes
A few players have won All Star Awards in both codes. These include:
Ray Cummins has uniquely won an All Star Award in both hurling and Gaelic football in the same year, 1971.
Dual county is a similar term for counties that have teams that play at the same level in both football and hurling.
- The History of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Canada John O'Flynn, Ainsley Baldwin - 2008 "Mike's hurling was Frank Rafter and a notable member, Liam Cotter, a dual player, who helpedto write the constitution for the Toronto GAA."
- http://www.joe.ie GAA › GAA News "Seán Óg to be given freedom of Cork city" 27 Apr 2011 "The 33-year old dual star, who won three All-Ireland hurling titles and ... Taoiseach and fellow dual star Jack Lynch, athlete Sonia O'Sullivan"
- Sport and society in Victorian Ireland: the case of Westmeath Page 157 Tom Hunt - 2007 "The dual player was also common in Kilkenny cricket and hurling circles. ... In 1887 the Kells GAA club played a cricket match against Gaulstown of Tullaroan"
- Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts 1997 Page 298 Pat McArt, Donal Campbell - 1997 "GAA Barry-Murphy, Jimmy: (born Cork, 1954). Outstanding dual player who won six All-lreland medals, one in football (1973) and five in hurling (between 1976 and 1986). His other achievements are almost as breathtaking, two All-lreland.."
- Declan Hassett Passing through Page 148 2004 "I saw Jack Lynch play at the very end of his career but cannot now recall those games too clearly. For many, Jack would be the greatest dual player of all time. For me, the greatest dualist remains Ray Cummins."
- Irish Examiner -2 nov. 2012 "O hAilpin retires from inter-county hurling - "O hAilpin was a talismanic player for Cork throughout his 16-year career, starting-out as a dual player before focusing on his hurling career"