Growing up in Ireland, many children shared the same dream – donning their county colours on All-Ireland final day, raising the green flag at Croke Park. Over the past ten years, for 33 men – that dream has become a reality.
Kilkenny and Tipperary do battle this Sunday for Liam McCarthy, some looking to add their name to the famed list, others waiting to make their mark when it counts the most.
With replayed finals in 2012, 2013 and 2014 – many a time has the net been rattled in hurling’s most coveted clash. Whether they’ve been goalmouth scrambles or pieces of insane skill and composure – they’ve all counted the same.
8 Kilkenny men, 7 from Tipperary, 5 from Galway, 5 Cork, 3 from Clare and Limerick and two from Waterford make up the list – one which is sure to trouble even the most expert of hurling followers.
Many have gone on to become wonderful hurlers, while others have not quite hit the heights that such a moment may have promised.
You have ten minutes, and we reckon anything 28 upwards is a Liam McCarthy worthy tally.
With an amazing crop of talent coming through the ranks in all counties, we can’t wait to see the newest faces to etch their name into GAA folklore in the not-so-distant future. For Liam Sheedy’s Tipperary and Brian Cody’s Kilkenny, Sunday would be the perfect time for some to get started.
Make sure to challenge your friends and see who sits atop the tree when it comes to the memory game.