Hurling Team of the Century

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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, the best hurling players of the first one hundred years of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The players on the team were nominated by Sunday Independent readers and were selected by a panel of experts and former players.[1]

A team was also selected of players who had never won an All Ireland.[2]


Position Player County team Club team(s) Team Number All-Ireland SHC, NHL,
All-Stars and other awards
Goalkeeper Tony Reddin Tipperary
(1947–1957)
Mullagh (Galway)
Lorrha (Tipperary)
1 All-Ireland SHC (1949, 1950, 1951)
Munster SHC (1949, 1950, 1951)
National Hurling League (1949, 1950, 1952, 1954)
Right corner-back Bobby Rackard Wexford
(1945–1957)
Rathnure 2 All-Ireland SHC (1955, 1956)
Leinster SHC (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956)
National Hurling League (1956)
Full-back Nick O'Donnell Wexford
(1951–1960)
Éire Óg (Kilkenny)
St. Aidan's (Wexford)
3 All-Ireland SHC (1955, 1956, 1960)
Leinster SHC (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1962)
National Hurling League (1956, 1958)
Texaco Hurler of the Year (1960)
Left corner-back John Doyle Tipperary
(1949–1967)
Holycross-Ballycahill 4 All-Ireland SHC (1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965)
Munster SHC (1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967)
National Hurling League (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965)
Texaco Hurler of the Year (1964)
Cú Chulainn Awards (1963, 1964)
Right wing-back Jimmy Finn Tipperary
(1950–1959)
Borris-Ileigh 5 All-Ireland SHC (1950, 1951, 1958)
Munster SHC (1949, 1950, 1951, 1958)
National Hurling League (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959)
Centre-back John Keane Waterford
(1935–1951)
Mount Sion 6 All-Ireland SHC (1948)
Munster SHC (1938,1948)
Left wing-back Paddy Phelan Kilkenny
(1931–1940)
Tullaroan 7 All-Ireland SHC (1932, 1933, 1935, 1939)
Leinster SHC (1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940)
National Hurling League (1933)
Midfield Lory Meagher Kilkenny
(1924–1935)
Tullaroan 8 All-Ireland SHC (1932, 1933, 1935)
Leinster SHC (1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935)
National Hurling League (1933)
Midfield Jack Lynch Cork
(1936–1950)
Glen Rovers 9 All-Ireland SHC (1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946)
Munster SHC (1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947)
National Hurling League (1940, 1941, 1948)
GAA All-Time All-Star Award (1981)
Right wing-forward Christy Ring Cork
(1940–1962)
Glen Rovers 10 All-Ireland SHC (1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Munster SHC (1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956)
National Hurling League (1940, 1941, 1953)
Texaco Hurler of the Year (1959)
Centre-forward Mick Mackey Limerick
(1930–1946)
Ahane 11 All-Ireland SHC (1934, 1936, 1940)
Munster SHC (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940)
National Hurling League (1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938)
GAA All-Time All-Star Award (1980)
Left wing-forward Jim Langton Kilkenny
(1939–1950)
Éire Óg 12 All-Ireland SHC (1939, 1947)
Leinster SHC (1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950)
GAA All-Time All-Star Award (1984)
Right corner-forward Jimmy Doyle Tipperary
(1957–1973)
Thurles Sarsfields 13 All-Ireland SHC (1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1971)
Munster SHC (1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971)
National Hurling League (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965)
Texaco Hurler of the Year (1965)
Cú Chulainn Awards (1963, 1964, 1965)
Full-forward Nicky Rackard Wexford
(1940–1956)
Rathnure 14 All-Ireland SHC (1955, 1956)
Leinster SHC (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956)
National Hurling League (1956)
Left corner-forward Eddie Keher Kilkenny
(1959–1977)
Rower-Inistioge 15 All-Ireland SHC (1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975)
Leinster SHC (1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975)
National Hurling League (1962, 1976)
Texaco Hurler of the Year (1972)
Cú Chulainn Awards (1963, 1966, 1967, 1969)
All-Star Awards (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corry, Eoghan (2005). The GAA Book of Lists. Hodder Headline Ireland. p. 236. 
  2. ^ "Minor change". Retrieved 7 May 2009.