The GAA has a tradition of producing famous sets of talented brothers. Here, we rank the best sets of brothers currently playing the game.
As much as we would like to include the likes of the Brogans, the Cannings the Kernans, the O’Sés and the Powers, the fact that only one brother remains on the field of play, means that we can’t include them.
At Pundit Arena HQ, we have made a list of the sixteen best sets of brothers playing the game at the moment. Here is the first part of the power rankings, as we give you the list from 20 to 11.
We shortlisted 29 possible sets of brothers to feature here but eventually managed to narrow it down to 20.
Out of the 29 shortlisted, there were two sets of brothers especially hard done by and they are the Jones’ of Fermanagh and the Schutte’s of Dublin.
20.Tomás and Ruairí Corrigan, Fermanagh
The Kilnawley duo play in the forwards for the Erne County. Tomás is one of the finest inside forwards in the game and is consistently top-scorer for Pete McGrath’s side. Tomás and Ruairí narrowly beat the Jones’ to a spot on this list.
19.Eamonn and Joey Wallace, Meath
Speed. The Wallace family are blessed with speed. Although, both have struggled with injury, their natural footballing ability and speed would strike fear in to any side. The Wallace brothers and Meath will hope for a much improved 2017.
18.Dan and Tom Morrissey, Limerick
Both young and upcoming stars, Tom was a member of last year’s All-Ireland u21 winning side, scoring four points from full-forward. Brother Dan started this year’s Munster championship game against Tipperary at full-back. The Ahane duo are seen as two to lead Limerick in the future.
17.Drew and Ryan Wylie, Monaghan
The Wylie brothers are rocks at the heart of the Monaghan defence. Older brother Drew lines out at number three while the versatile Ryan lined out at corner-back against Tyrone earlier this year.
16.Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh, Roscommon
The Murtaghs of Roscommon are prolific forwards. Diarmuid was an underage star and although he struggled with fitness this year, the left-footed inside forward will light up the championship in years to come. Older brother Ciaran was Roscommon’s captain amd talisman this year.
15.Sean and Podge Collins, Clare
Podge the dual-star and Sean had a summer to remember with the Clare footballers. Both Cratloe men have All-Ireland hurling medals from 2013, when Podge was also awarded an All-Star for his magnificent performances.
14.Kieran and Darren Hughes, Monaghan
The Scotstown men have been crucial to Monaghan’s Ulster successes of the last few years. It certainly was a disappointing year for Malachy O’Rourke’s charges but the Hughes brothers were both in superb form against Donegal
13.Kevin, Colm and Brian O’Driscoll, Cork
The Tadhg MacCárthaighs trio all started Cork’s qualifier wins over Limerick and Longford in what is a remarkable achievement for the family. The West Cork men are key members of Peadar Healy’s team.
12.Shane and Stephen Bennett, Waterford
The Bennetts are fantastic hurlers. Hailing from the small parish of Ballysaggart, Stephen and younger brother Shane are crucial members of Derek McGrath’s squad. Both shone in last week’s Munster u21 championship win for the Déise.
11.Darragh and Shane Fives, Waterford
The Fives brothers are rocks at the back for Waterford. The Tourin club men have come of age under the watchful eye of McGrath and will look to help their team to victory over Kilkenny this Sunday.
Stay tuned to Pundit Arena to find the Top 10.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena