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The Five Biggest Box Office Acts In GAA Today

It may be the off-season for the inter-county game, but the top level GAA action is never too far away.

With the club championship hotting up nicely, there are plenty of great games to keep you going through the winter.

However, we will have to wait until the new year to see the return of the inter-county game. When the National Leagues return and we build up to the championship, here are five of the players who will draw out the crowds.

Here are the five biggest box office stars in the GAA today:

Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)

Ireland’s top duel player right now, O’Callaghan can seamlessly switch between codes and is a frightening prospect, even at such an early age.

He scored wonder goals in the All-Ireland football semi-final and final. Pace, power and glides like a Porsche. Un-markable in the under-age grade, un-markable in both senior codes so far.


Joe Canning (Galway)

Erased the only blight on his stellar career, when adding a Celtic Cross last September. In helping Galway end a 29-year wait to lift Liam MacCarthy, he illustrated why there is no show like a Joe show.

joe canning

Ineffective in the opening period, he steered the Tribe home in an epic All-Ireland semi-final, his wonder point against Tipperary changed the course of that titanic battle and proved the catalyst for sending Liam MacCarthy back across the Shannon.


Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

The heart and soul of Tipperary hurling. The Premier’s talisman was a shining light, in what eventually turned out to a year, that took Tipperary to familiar dark places.

Teak tough and ultra consistent, he is a superb reader of the game.

Recently scored two points for Thurles Sarsfields, in their Munster club quarter-final defeat from deep inside his own half showing his ability to score from range.


James McCarthy (Dublin)

Still only 27-years-old, he has five All-Ireland medals, and already on his way to immortality with the hordes of adoring Dublin football fans.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 27/8/2017 Dublin vs Tyrone Dublin's James McCarthy with Peter Harte, Ronan McNamee and Padraig Hampsey of Tyrone Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

The Ballymun Kickhams wing-back is a central cog in Jim Gavin’s well oiled Sky Blue machine. A relentless running and tackling warrior, who is also cool and composed in possession.

The former DCU Sigerson Cup winning member, is on track to join Kerry legends like Pat Spillane, Denis ‘Ogie’ Moran, Mikey Sheehy and Paidí Ó Sé and win eight All-Irelands.


Austin Gleeson (Waterford)

Hurler of the Year last year, and Young Hurler of the Year for good measure. He has announced his arrival on the senior stage in some style.

Scorer of a Maradona-like solo goal, in this year’s All-Ireland semi-final against Cork. If it’s box office you want, the soaring Mount Sion man will keep you on the edge of your seat.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 13/8/2017 Cork vs Waterford Waterford's Austin Gleeson celebrates scoring their third goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The ultimate crowd pleaser, with his soaring spectacular leaps, and long range majestic points.

While he does not always live up to the hype, he is a player who can make the impossible look easy.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.