Dual player

Dual player[1] or dual star[2] is a term used in Irish English to describe someone who competes in multiple sports - for example in Victorian Ireland cricket and hurling.[3] The term today in Gaelic games typically describes a male player who plays both Gaelic football and hurling or, if a female player, a player of ladies' Gaelic football and camogie. The player does not necessarily have to play at the same standard in both sports. The number of dual stars at county level has decreased recently due to the increasing demands placed upon the best players of both sports.

List of dual players with All-Ireland titles

Name Team(s) All-Ireland SHC titles All-Ireland SFC titles
Barry-Murphy, Jimmy[4] Cork 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986 1973
Beckett, Derry Cork 1942 1945
Blaney, Greg Down
1991, 1994
Burke, Frank Dublin 1917, 1920 1921, 1922, 1923
Collins, Podge Clare 2013
Collins, Seán Clare 2013
Coughlan, Denis Cork 1976, 1977, 1978 1973
Cummins, Ray[5] Cork 1970, 1976, 1977, 19781973
Currams, Liam Offaly 1981 1982
Ferguson, Des Dublin 1958, 1963
Foley, Lar Dublin 1958, 1963
Grace, Pierce Dublin
1911, 1912, 1913 1906, 1907
Lynch, Jack Cork 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946 1945
Mackessy, Billy Cork 1903 1911
McCarthy, Teddy Cork 1986, 1990 1989, 1990
Mackey, Paddy Wexford 1910 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
Markham, Liam Clare 2013
McGrath, Leonard Galway 1923 1925
McInerney, Cathal Clare 2013
Murphy, Brian Cork 1976, 1977, 1978 1973
Ó hAilpín, Seán Óg[6] Cork 1999, 2004, 2005
O'Halloran, Davy Clare 2013
O'Kennedy, Seán Wexford 1910 1915, 1916, 1917
O'Neill, Alan Clare 2013
Spain, W. J. Dublin
1887 1889

In 1990, Teddy McCarthy of Cork became the first player to win both a football and a hurling All-Ireland in the same year. This unique achievement remains intact as of 2015.

Ex-Taoiseach Jack Lynch won one football and five hurling All-Irelands with Cork during the 1940s. To this day he is the only player in history to have won All-Ireland senior medals in six consecutive years.

List of dual players with All Stars in both codes

A few players have won All Star Awards in both codes. These include:

Ray Cummins has uniquely won an All Star Award in both hurling and Gaelic football in the same year, 1971.

Dual county

Dual county is a similar term for counties that have teams that play at the same level in both football and hurling.


  1. The History of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Canada John O'Flynn, Ainsley Baldwin - 2008 "Mike's hurling was Frank Rafter and a notable member, Liam Cotter, a dual player, who helpedto write the constitution for the Toronto GAA."
  2. "Seán Óg to be given freedom of Cork city". JOE.ie. 27 Apr 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2016. The 33-year old dual star, who won three All-Ireland hurling titles and ... Taoiseach and fellow dual star Jack Lynch, athlete Sonia O'Sullivan
  3. Sport and society in Victorian Ireland: the case of Westmeath Page 157 Tom Hunt - 2007 "The dual player was also common in Kilkenny cricket and hurling circles. ... In 1887 the Kells GAA club played a cricket match against Gaulstown of Tullaroan"
  4. Irish Almanac and Yearbook of Facts 1997 Page 298 Pat McArt, Donal Campbell - 1997 "GAA Barry-Murphy, Jimmy: (born Cork, 1954). Outstanding dual player who won six All-Ireland medals, one in football (1973) and five in hurling (between 1976 and 1986). His other achievements are almost as breathtaking, two All-Ireland.."
  5. Declan Hassett Passing through Page 148 2004 "I saw Jack Lynch play at the very end of his career but cannot now recall those games too clearly. For many, Jack would be the greatest dual player of all time. For me, the greatest dualist remains Ray Cummins."
  6. Irish Examiner -2 nov. 2012 "O hAilpin retires from inter-county hurling - "O hAilpin was a talismanic player for Cork throughout his 16-year career, starting-out as a dual player before focusing on his hurling career"
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