Gaelic football is a variant of soccer that is played in Ireland. The sport is very similar to modern-day football but has its own distinctions. Teams usually have 15 players instead of 11, use hands and legs, score goals as well as points. A lot of players have excelled in this unique sport, so today, we take a look at the Sven greatest Gaelic footballers of all time.
1. Jack O’Shea
The big man from County Kerry, Ireland, is considered one of the greatest ever Gaelic footballers. Jacko, as he was fondly called, played from the 1970s to the late 1990s. O’Shea featured for St Mary’s and Leixlip. He won 2 Kerry club titles, 10 Munster titles, and 7 All-Ireland titles during his long-storied career. He played in midfield. He was given the footballer of the year award four times.
2. Mick O’Connell
A legend of Gaelic football, Mick is regarded as one of the best ever to play the game. The 84-year-old played for various clubs during his decorated career, winning many county and inter-county titles along the way. O’Connell won 3 Kerry titles, 12 Munster titles and 4 All-Ireland inter-county titles. Mick played in midfield, and his record stands 56 appearances and 1-121 scores.
3. Sean Purcell
The late Purcell is respected as one of the greats in the sport. Sean was a centre forward who played only for Tuam Stars throughout his 15-year career. The Master, as he was fondly called, also featured for Galway County. He won 10 club titles and also won 7 Connacht and 1 All-Ireland inter-county titles. He died on August 27th, 2005.
4. Dick Fitzgerald
One of the forerunners of the game and arguably its greatest exponent. Dick played as a right wing-back and featured for his local side Dr. Crokes located in Killarney, Ireland. He played in the early 1900s. Fitzgerald won 3 Kerry titles during his career. He also won 10 Munster inter-county titles. He won 5 All-Ireland titles, two of which were back-to-back titles as captain between 1913-1914. He died in 1930. A stadium built in his honour, The Fitzgerald stadium, was opened in 1936.
5. Kevin Heffernan
The late Heffernan was a Gaelic football player and coach. Heffo, as he was fondly called, played for the St Vincent’s club with whom he won 15 Dublin titles between 1948-67. The left corner forward featured for Dublin County for 14 years with 115 appearances and 52-226 scores. He went on to win 4 Leinster and 1 All-Ireland title. He died in 2013 at the age of 83.
6. Stephen Cluxton
Stephen Cluxton is one of the best players ever to play Gaelic football. Cluxton is a outstanding goalkeeper, his kick-outs are exceptional and he is a leader to his team. The current captain of the Dublin County is considered as the best goalkeeper of all time, and the most influential footballer in GAA history. He won the GAA-GPA All Stars Awards six times, and names All Stars Footballer of the Year in 2019.
7. Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan is one of the most decorated players in the history of Gaelic football, having won two All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, six All Stars Awards. Canavan’s scoring record of 218 points is the second highest of all time in the Ulster Senior Football Championship.