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Old 03-27-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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Greatest Ever Irish Sportsperson?

Thought I'd start a discussion for any Irish Sports fan or any sports fan for that matter out there, about who everyone thinks is Irelands greatest sportsperson.

My vote has to go to Sonia O'Sullivan. Her record speaks for itself:

Olympic Silver
World Championship Gold & Silver
3 European Championship Gold's and 2 Silver's
2 World Cross-Country Championship Gold's & 2 Team Bronze's
World Indoor Silver
World Student Games Gold & Silver
European Cross-Country Championship Team Silver
World Cup Champion
5 Times Grand Prix Champion and once Runner-up
World Record Holder 2000m
European Record Holder 3000m (1994-2002)
Irish Record Holder at Every Distance from 800m to Half Marathon
2 BUPA Great North Run Titles
European Athlete Of The Year 1995
Track & Field News World Athlete Of The Year 1995

She also finished 4th & 6th in the Olympics. 4th in the World Championships (Behind 3 Chineese Drug Cheats), 4th in the European Cross-Country Championships and 4th in the World Half Marathon Championships.

There is a lot more, but I'm getting tired of typing! She has achieved pretty much everything except that elusive Olympic Gold. She wasn't far off it, she was unlucky.

Who would everyone else's vote go to?
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Paul Mcgrath. Legend.
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KEANO, there's only one KEANO!
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Chris Mullen perhaps?
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Yes, only one KEANO
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Rudy...they made a movie about him.

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.

Either that or the Gipper.
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see avatar!!!
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What sport did See A. Vatar play at South Bend?
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And let’s not forget the 1936 Olympic water polo team who managed to drown 12 horses in their first match.
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that was great
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Paul Mcgrath. Legend.
The Lord McGrath

A cripple and alcoholic and probably the best defender ever to play the game!
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The Lord McGrath

A cripple and alcoholic and probably the best defender ever to play the game!
PFA Player Of The Year 1993/1994 season.

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Paul Mcgrath. Legend.



Not just because he played for Aston Villa, right??



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Not just because he played for Aston Villa, right??



that might have a bit to do with it but he is still the best defender I have ever seen play the game - better than adams, butcher, terry, ferdinand, allan evans, stam, nesta, etc etc
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It's fantastic when a player leaves such a big memory of him in a team, this means he played with heart! McGrath will always have his place in the Villa Hall of Fame
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