Leitrim GAA fans certainly had plenty to debate in last Monday’s Irish Independent after the national newspaper published it’s Leitrim Team of the Championship for the last ffity years.
“The GAA Giants” saw the Independent pick each and every County’s best 15 championship performers for the years 1962 to 1994 and, no more than any other county, the Leitrim team is sure to generate plenty of debate with only four of the 1994 Connacht Championship team making the cut while both Michael McGuinness and John McKeon from the last 12 years make the cut.
All-Star winners Seamus and Mickey Quinn naturally are included while Declan Darcy and Pat Donohue from the ‘94 team make the cut. Leitrim’s previous golden era of four Connacht Finals in a row is recognised with the entire full-forward line comprised of Paddy Dolan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn included, as is Josie Murray.
Leitrim Team of the Millennium members Noel Crossan, Frank Holohan, Olly Honeyman and Mickey Martin are also included while Ben Wrynne completes the line-up, with the Independent judging that Joe Layden, George Dugdale, Padraig Kenny and Dermot Gannon are unlucky to miss out. One glaring omission is Leitrim Team of the Millennium member Noel Moran from the 1994 team while fellow Millennium team members Tony Hayden and Michael McGuinness Senior also missing out.
For Roscommon, Kilmore’s Gerry Connellan and Shannon Gaels’ John Newton are included on their team while Mickey Kearins, uncle of Leitrim 1994 Connacht winner Aidan Rooney, makes the Sligo team.
The full team, with era in brackets, is:
Noel Crossan (80s), Michael McGuinness (2000s), Seamus Quinn (90s-2000s), John McKeon (2000s), Jose Murray (50s-60s), Frank Holohan (70s-80s), Ollie Honeyman (70s-90s), Mickey Quinn (80s-90s), Pat Donohue (90s), Ben Wrynne (60s-70s), Declan Darcy (80s-90s), Michael Martin (70s-90s), Paddy Dolan (50-60s), Packy McGarty (50s-60s), Cathal Flynn (50-60s).