The GAA has a tradition of producing famous sets of talented brothers. Here, we rank the best sets of brothers currently playing the game.
Part 1 featured the brothers ranked from number 20 to 11 but now it’s time to get down to the business end.
10. Eoin and Alan Cadogan, Cork
Eoin is an instrumental part of the Cor football defence and is a mainstay at full-back. Having tried to juggle both codes, Eoin decided to stay with the big ball while younger brother Alan was Cork’s best player for the hurlers this year in what was a hugely disappointing year for Kieran Kingston’s side.
9. Pádraig and Cathal Mannion, Galway
The Mannions of Galway have grown to become crucial players for Micheál Donoghue’s side at opposite ends of the pitch. After a horrid All-Ireland semi-final last year, Pádraig has recovered and shone further out the field while Cathal claimed his first All-star award at right-half forward last year.
8. Mark and Ryan McHugh, Donegal
The Kilcar men are fantastic footballers. Mark was the most influential Donegal player under Jim McGuinness as Donegal claimed All-Ireland glory in 2012. This season, younger brother Ryan has developed further after winning Young Footballer of The Year in 2014.
7. Neil and Eamonn McGee, Donegal
The Gaoth Dobhair men are big units at the back for Rory Gallagher’s team. Renowned for being as tough as nails, the McGee brothers are two of the best man-markers in the game. Both starred in Donegal’s All-Ireland winning campaign in 2012.
6. Noel and John McGrath, Tipperary
Loughmore-Casteliney forwards John and Noel McGrath are two crucial members to the current Tipperary hurling team. Younger brother John scored a hat-trick in this year’s Munster final while older brother Noel has an All-Ireland medal and a Young Hurler of The Year award to his name.
5. Pádraic and Ronan Maher, Tipperary
Two thirds of the Tipperary half-back line is filled by the Mahers of Thurles Sarsfields. It is hard to believe that Ronan is still eligible for u21 grade this year while older brother Pádraic is a supreme wing-back.
4. Aidan, Seamus and Conor O’Shea, Mayo
The Breaffy men are freaks of nature. Both Seamus and Aidan are dominant forces on the Mayo team while younger brother Conor is a young and upcoming prospect. The O’Shea brothers will be hoping this is the year that Mayo can capture Sam.
3. Michael and Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny
At number three, it’s the Fennelly brothers of Ballyhale. With multiple All-Irelands and personal awards between them, including Michael’s Hurler of The Year award, the Fennelly brothers are one of the most decorated sets of brothers in the game.
2. Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor, Mayo
Prolific forward Cillian has been joined of late by his younger brother Diarmuid in the Mayo forward line. Diarmuid joined his brother Cillian in picking up the Young Footballer of The Year award last year.
1.Sean and Colm Cavanagh, Tyrone
Effective. Both Cavanagh’s are hugely effective footballers and deserve their place at number one on this list. Unfortunately, they are both on the wrong side of thirty which means they won’t be around forever but they are certainly making it count while they are.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena