Best Munster team of last 25 years named

August 10, 2009

Waterford hurling legend Tony Browne
Players from five different counties are represented on Munster's best hurling team of the last 25 years. The team, which was an initiative between the Munster Council and the Irish Examiner to coincide with the GAA's 125th anniversary celebrations, features five Corkmen, four from Tipperary, three from Clare, two from Limerick and one Waterford man in Tony Browne. There are two sets of brothers named in the team - Clare's Brian and Frank Lohan, and Cork twins Jerry and Ben O'Connor. Cork's Ger Cunningham got the nod over Brendan Cummins and Davy Fitzgerald in goal, while Limerick's Stephen McDonagh joins the Lohan brothers in the full back line. Tony Browne, Seanie McMahon and Sean Og O hAilpin make up the half back line, with John Fenton and Jerry O'Connor comprising an all-Cork midfield. Ben O'Connor, Gary Kirby and John Leahy form the half forward line, with the Tipp pair of Eoin Kelly and Nicky English flanking Jimmy Barry-Murphy in the full forward line. The adjudication panel comprised Jim O'Sullivan (Irish Examiner), Tony Considine (former Clare manager and selector) and Donal O'Grady (ex-Cork player and manager). Best Munster hurling team of the last 25 years: Ger Cunningham (Cork); Stephen McDonagh (Limerick), Brian Lohan (Clare), Frank Lohan (do); Tony Browne (Waterford), Seanie McMahon (Clare), Sean Og O hAilpin (Cork); John Fenton (do), Jerry O'Connor (do); Ben O'Connor (do), Gary Kirby (Limerick), John Leahy (Tipperary); Eoin Kelly (do), Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork), Nicky English (Tipperary).

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