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Ireland’s Best Sporting Double Acts

To celebrate Lottoland‘s Double Jackpot feature, we have racked our brains and searched the archives to pay tribute to some of Ireland’s greatest ever sporting partnerships, both past and present. A connection in sport that is like no other and is easily identified, if natural.

1. Robbie Keane & Niall Quinn – Irish Soccer.

A strike partnership that will linger in the memory of Irish football fans for years to come. They were completely different players individually however they complimented one another beautifully, perfecting the roles of a no 9 and no 10 playing up front with one another. Between them they have managed an astounding 89 international goals for the boys in green as they are top (Robbie) and second top (Niall) scorers for their country.  Their international careers overlapped for 4 years however the memories will live on.

2. Brian O’Driscoll & Gordon D’Arcy – Leinster and Ireland Rugby.

What is widely regarded as the greatest centre partnership both Ireland and Leinster have ever experienced we were graced with this bromance for over 15 years. The pair achieved a world record centre partnership 56 caps between them, highlighting just how complementary they were of each other in two illustrious careers. They first met in the 1997 quarter final of the Leinster senior cup in which D’Arcy was victorious as Clongowes Wood defeated Blackrock College. There each played pivotal roles as Leinster claimed three Heineken Cups, two Six nations, a Grand Slam and four triple crowns. Along with this the pair shared two British & Irish Lions tours in 05’/’09. A decorated bromance and an influential rugby partnership. Future generations will struggle to meet such high standards.

3. Gary & Paul O’Donovan – Olympic Rowing.

Brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Lisheen, near Skibbereen in Cork became the countries iconic duo from the 2016 olympic games in Rio after winning a silver medal. It was the first rowing medal won by Ireland at an Olympic games and was the duo’s second success of the year after capturing gold at the European championships earlier on in 2016 in Brandenburg, Germany.

4. Ronan O’Gara & Peter Stringer – P.B.C, Munster and Ireland Rugby.

A Rugby partnership at the half back positions like no other. The two represented School, Province and Country together and became very successful and decorated in the process both proving instrumental players that knew each other like the back of their hands. Whilst at Munster together for 15 years they won the Heineken Cup twice and the Celtic League on three occasions. With Ireland they captured the famous grand slam victory of 2009 along with the triple crown on three other occasions. It was a partnership that flourished and was loved nationwide.

5. Conor McGregor & John Kavanagh – MMA 

The impact on Mixed Martial Arts within Ireland made by Conor McGregor and his success to date has been truly admirable and nothing short of outstanding. How he has single handedly taken over the sports top promotion the UFC, becoming the first man within the promotion to hold two belts consecutively and simultaneously in two separate weight divisions. However, with all that said McGregor would be the first to tell you that he would not be where he is today only for his coach and mentor John Kavanagh, owner of SBG gym in Dublin, where McGregor honed his craft. The pair have been together every step of the way and it would be difficult to come across a closer working relationship between two men when the notorious is in preparation for a bout.

6. Donal Og Cusack & Diarmuid O’Sullivan – Cloyne & Cork Hurling. 

At the heart of the Cork inter county hurling team in the mid 00’s the two Cloyne men captured 3 All-Ireland Hurling titles as part of a star-studded team. They claimed 6 All Star awards between them and were the cornerstone of Cork hurling for 12 years.

7. Roy Keane & Martin O’Neill – International Soccer management. 

Perhaps a partnership that many never saw coming. However, when the F.A.I announced in November of 2013 that O’Neil and his assistant Keane would take over the national team people may have been quite speculative however the overriding emotion was optimism for the forthcoming European Championship tournament. It was this journey to qualification and Irelands advancement to the last 16 in which we were narrowly defeated by hosts France that saw the meteoric rise of popularity for the what would seem unusual management team of O’Neil and Keane. O’Neil described the appointment of Keane as a “easy decision, i think i am the bad cop, and he is the bad bad cop”. They have proved quite a success as Ireland currently sit top of Group D on 11 points along with Serbia in a quest to reach Russia 2018.

8. Jeff Hendrick & Robbie Brady – St.Kevins Boys, Burnley and Ireland Soccer. 

The pinnacle of a partnership, it seems as though wherever one is the other one isn’t far behind. Both born in January 1992 in Dublin, both played schoolboys football for St.Kevins Boys for 10 years on the same team, both represented Ireland at every level underage and senior together and continue to do so today playing together for Burnley in the Premier League. The pair were Irelands stand out performers in Euro 2016.

9. Alan & Bernard Brogan – St. Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh, Dublin Football. 

Brothers Bernard and Alan Brogan come from a family pedigree of Dublin Footballers in which their father Bernard senior was an All Ireland winner and All Star. The two have played inter county together for 9 years as their inter county careers crossed paths from 2006 to 2015, however they continue to play together for club St. Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh . They have reached the pinnacle of their sporting trade and to make it all the more special they have done so together in capturing the All Ireland Football title for Dublin indeed a special moment for the Brogan family double act.

10. Richard Dunne & Shay Given – Ireland Soccer.  

 

The heart of the Irish defence for 13 years from 2000 to 2013, they were ever-reliable and undoubtedly top class football players. Their highlight in the green jersey was Ireland’s qualification for Euro 2012.

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Author: The PA Team

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