The Teams of the Millennium in the GAA Museum’s Hall of Fame
When the GAA Museum Hall of Fame was unveiled in 2013, the very first inductees were all 15 members from both the hurling and football Teams of the Millennium. Their images grace the walls of this section of the museum, inspiring memories of some of the best players ever seen in Gaelic games. There’s a chance to view archival footage of these all-time greats in action, with their story narrated by the great Mícheál O’Muircheartaigh.
The football team in full is Danno Keefe (Kerry), Enda Colleran (Galway), Joe Keohane (Kerry), Sean Flanagan (Mayo), Sean Murphy (Kerry), John Joe Reilly (Cavan), Martin O’Connell (Meath), Mick O’Connell (Kerry), Tommy Murphy (Laois), Sean O’Neill (Down), Sean Purcell (Galway), Pat Spillane (Kerry), Mikey Sheehy (Kerry), Tom Langan (Mayo) and Kevin Heffernan (Dublin).
The hurling team in full was Tony Reddin (Tipperary), Bobby Rackard (Wexford), Nick O’Donnell (Wexford), John Doyle (Tipperary), Brian Whelahan (Offaly), John Keane (Waterford), Paddy Phelan (Kilkenny), Lory Meagher (Kilkenny), Jack Lynch (Cork), Christy Ring (Cork), Mick Mackey (Limerick), Jim Langton (Kilkenny), Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary), Ray Cummins (Cork) and Eddie Keher (Kilkenny).
How were the team’s selected?
In August 1999 the An Post / GAA Football Team of the Millennium was revealed. The team was selected by a panel of former GAA presidents and sports journalists, with An Post issuing commemorative stamps to mark the occasion. The fifteen positions were filled by the best player to have ever played in that position. The team included six players from Kerry.
The following July, the Hurling Team of the Millennium was announced after a similar selection process. Kilkenny claimed four spots on the prestigious line-up. The team only varied on two positions from the 1984 Team of the Century – Brian Whelahan (Offaly) replaced Jimmy Finn (Tipperary) at right-back, while Ray Cummins (Cork) was awarded the full-forward berth in place of Nicky Rackard (Wexford).