Hurling Team of the Millennium

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The An Post GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium was chosen in 2000 to comprise, as a fifteen-member side divided as one goalkeeper, three full-backs, three half-backs, two midfielders, three half-forwards and three full-forwards, the best hurling team of all-time.[1]

The team, announced by GAA President Seán McCague on 24 July 2000 at a special function in Croke Park, was selected by a special committee, comprising five past GAA presidents - Joe McDonagh, Con Murphy, Paddy Buggy, Pat Fanning and Séamus Ó Riain - as well as GAA director-general Liam Mulvihill and four Gaelic games journalists: Paddy Downey, Mick Dunne, Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin and Jim O'Sullivan.

The initiative was sponsored by An Post, who issued special commemorative stamps of the millennium team members.


Position Player County team Club team(s) Team Number All-Ireland SHC, NHL,
All-Stars and other awards
Goalkeeper Tony Reddin Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary
(19471957)
Mullagh
Lorrha
1 All-Ireland SHC (1949, 1950, 1951)
Munster SHC (1949, 1950, 1951)
National Hurling League (1949, 1950, 1952, 1954)
Right corner-back John Doyle Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary
(19491967)
Holycross-Ballycahill 2 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)
Full-back Nick O'Donnell Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
(19511962)
St. Aidan's 3 All-Ireland SHC (1955, 1956, 1960)
Left corner-back Bobby Rackard Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
(19451957)
Rathnure 4 All-Ireland SHC (1955, 1956)
Leinster SHC (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956)
National Hurling League (1956)
Right wing-back Paddy Phelan Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
(19311940)
Tullaroan 5 All-Ireland SHC (1932, 1933, 1935, 1939)
Leinster SHC (1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940)
National Hurling League (1933)
Centre-back John Keane Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford
(19351951)
Mount Sion 6 All-Ireland SHC (1948)
Munster SHC (1938,1948)
Left wing-back Brian Whelahan Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
(19892006)
Birr 7 All-Ireland SHC (1994, 1998)
Leinster SHC (1989, 1990, 1994, 1995)
National Hurling League (1991)
Texaco Hurler of the Year (1994, 1998)
All-Star Awards (1992, 1995, 1998, 1999)
Midfield Jack Lynch Colours of Cork.svg Cork
(19361950)
Glen Rovers 8 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)
Midfield Lory Meagher Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
(19241936)
Tullaroan 9 All-Ireland SHC (1932, 1933, 1935)
Leinster SHC (1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935)
National Hurling League (1933)
Right wing-forward Christy Ring Colours of Cork.svg Cork
(19401962)
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)
Centre-forward Mick Mackey Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick
(19301946)
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 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
(19391950)
Éire Óg 12 All-Ireland SHC (1939, 1947)
Leinster SHC (1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950)
GAA All-Time All-Star Award (1984)
Left corner-forward Eddie Keher Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
(19591977)
Rower-Inistioge 13 All-Ireland SHC (1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975)
Leinster SHC (1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 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)
Full-forward Ray Cummins Colours of Cork.svg Cork
(19691982)
Blackrock 14 All-Ireland SHC (1970, 1976, 1977, 1978)
Munster SHC (1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982)
National Hurling League (1970, 1972, 1980)
All-Ireland Club SHC (1974, 1979)
Munster Club SHC (1973, 1975, 1978, 1979)
All-Star Hurling Awards (1971, 1972, 1977)
All-Ireland SFC (1973)
Munster SFC (1971, 1973, 1974)
All-Star Football Awards (1971, 1973)
Right corner-forward Jimmy Doyle Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary
(19571973)
Thurles Sarsfields 15 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)

Controversy[edit]

While universal agreement on such a team would prove impossible, the selection committee came in for some criticism regarding omissions and changes from the earlier GAA Hurling Team of the Century.[2]

Kilkenny's D. J. Carey was seen as a shock omission from the team. As the holder of a then record seven All-Stars, Carey, whose inter-county career began in 1989, was seen as one of the greatest goal-scorers of his era and was hotly-tipped to get one of the half-forward spots for which he was nominated.[3][4]

The 1990s were regarded as a golden age of hurling with many new teams emerging, however, this was not reflected in the team. Clare's Brian Lohan had been tipped for full-back but Wexford's Nick O'Donnell held on. There were no places for any of the Clare team that emerged to win two championships in the nineties. Brian Whelehan was the only player from the previous 20 years to make the team.

An absence of players from Galway also sparked off major controversy in that county where the selection committee were accused of belittling the county by not recognising any of its heroes.[5]

There was anger too in Wexford over the dropping of full-forward Nicky Rackard from the Team of the Century. Former midfielder Dave Bernie, who won an All-Ireland medal in 1968, when Rackard was a selector, said Wexford fans were stunned by the news he had not been included.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Post GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium". Hogan Stand website. 25 July 2000. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Millennium team damning verdict on hurling". RTÉ Sport. 29 July 2000. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Keys, Colm (25 July 2000). "Carey's omission a slight on hurling". The Mirror. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "DJ Carey's omission from hurling team of the millennium is a pure disgrace". The Kerryman. 16 September 2000. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Breheny, Martin (26 July 2000). "Tribes' selection snub". Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2013.