Cillian O’Connor (born 1992) is a Gaelic footballer and captain for the Mayo senior team. He plays his club football for Ballintubber. O’Connor is the leading all-time top scorer in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.
Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh was a member of the Galway U-21 team who reached the 2017 U-21 All-Ireland final. Despite his side’s loss, he was heralded for a heroic performance in which he snuffed out Con O’Callaghan.
The very next season he was a prominent presence in the senior side. The powerful full-back can put his side on the front foot with his driving runs out of defence.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 11:35
Patrick Durcan (Mayo) deserves his place among the top defenders in the country, Durcan has developed into one of the finest half backs in Ireland.
Since his debut for the Mayo team the Castlebar man has proven to be a man for the big occasion as his performances in Mayo’s run to the semi final in 2019 and the All Ireland final in 2017 highlight.
His attacking instincts coupled with his defensive skills make him a nightmare for opposition forwards when they face Mayo, as he not only has the ability to nullify the attacking player , but also turn them and make them go back towards their own goal trying to stop him.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 10:41
Lee Keegan (Mayo) The Mayo man would have serious competition for the number 1 slot on this list but for the fact that Dublin stalwart Jack McCaffrey has stepped away from the Dublin panel for this year’s Championship.
The Westport man, a winner of four All Stars made his name as a rampaging,attacking half back on the Mayo sides that came so close to All Ireland glory under James Horan and Stephen Rochford.
The 30 year old is equally effective being used as a designated man marker in his team’s defensive structure though, testament to just how good the former Footballer of the Year really is.
Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 9:54
Aidan O’Shea has been the heartbeat of the Mayo sides under James Horan and Stephen Rochford that came so close to finally ending their county’s long wait for an All Ireland triumph, Aidan O’ Shea is one of the most recognised names in Gaelic football and well worth his spot as one of the top 5 midfielders in gaelic football.
The powerhouse from Breaffy can cause havoc around the field with his strength and skill when he is at his best, and has even done a stint at full back to quell Kieran Donaghy’s influence in the 2017 All Ireland semi final.
At midfield is where the 30 year old has only a select number of rivals though, especially in the air, where his ability to field a high ball can be challenged by very few in the game today. O’ Shea’s ability to break tackles from midfield, and attract defenders through his sheer physical strength also make him so important to the way Mayo play.
Entrusted with the captaincy by Horan, O’ Shea will look to be the leader that can take Mayo to the promised land in this fragmented 2020 season.
Last updated on Oct 18th, 2020 at 13:09
Clare County Footballer Keelan Sexton is their free taker and was the top scorer for Clare in 2020.
Last updated on Oct 14th, 2020 at 16:00
Gleeson is a former goalkeeper for Galway United. The Dunmore native made 38 appearances for the club over two spells at Eamonn Deacy Park. After two seasons with Athlone Town, Gleeson returned to United for the 2018 season.
Gleeson made his debut for Galway GAA against Mayo in the FBD League in January 2020. He made two saves in their penalty shoot-out win.
Last updated on Oct 14th, 2020 at 16:24
Sean Kelly made his senior debut with Galway in 2017 in the same season that he was part of the U-21 side to lose an All-Ireland final. In 2018, Kelly was nominated for an All-Star. The versatile defender can also play further up the pitch and has been known to get on the score sheet.
Last updated on Oct 14th, 2020 at 16:15
Sean Mulkerrin was captain of Galway’s U-20 side in 2019 where they made it to an All-Ireland semi-final. He made his senior debut in 2018. Mulkerrin could become the first islander to play Championship football for Galway should be a feature in the 2020 competition.
Mulkerrin won the inaugural All-Ireland talent show in 2009 along with siblings Pádraig and Eamonn in which Sean demonstrated his sean-nós dancing skills. He is currently studying Arts in NUI Galway.
Last updated on Oct 14th, 2020 at 16:29
Heaney made his debut for Galway seniors in 2015. Ever since breaking into the side he has impressed fans with his marauding forward runs and ability to score.
Most impressively, he has netted numerous goals for the county. Heaney has been a crucial member of the Galway squad as they have risen to prominence in recent years.