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The 20 Best GAA Names Of All-Time

The 20 Best GAA Names Of All-Time
By Conor Neville
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Hank Traynor

Sounds like: Hard bitten US detective.

Who? - A Meath stalwart from the late Boylan era, Wing back on the side which won the All-Ireland in 1999.

Stewart McKenzie Smith

Sounds like: The Queens bodyguard.

Who? - Played for Kildare during a rather bleak period for Kildare football. Namely the period after Mick O'Dwyer and before Kieran McGeeney.

Andrew La Touche Cosgrave

Sounds like: The wealthy heir to a chocolate fortune


Who? - Limerick hurler who has played minor since 2012, he lined out in last year's All-Ireland minor final against Kilkenny

Iarla Tannian

Sounds like: An ancient Gaelic folklore warrior

Who? -  Still attempting to swashbuckle away for the Galway hurlers as he has been since the year 2007. Man of the Match in the drawn 2012 All-Ireland hurling final.



Bill Sex

Sounds like: An American relationship therapist and TV presenter who changes his name for promotional reasons


Who? - A midfield lion for the Kildare side during the 80s and early 90s. There are sadly no pictures of him on Sportsfile but here's a picture of his nephew Liam Sex playing at centre back for Sarsfields in 2001



Morgan Nix

Sounds like: The nine-year-old central character of a kids TV show.

Who? -  One of those luckless individuals who played for Kerry in the late 80s and early 90s. He played for Kerry between 1988 and quit in 1995 just before Paidi O Se became boss.


Sean Og De Paor

Sounds like: An Irish language poet and tutor of Peig Sayers.

Who? - Two-time All-Ireland winner with Galway in 1998 and 2001.


Enon Gavin

Sounds like: The sidekick in an American sci-fi film.

Who? - Won an All-Star in 1991 at corner-back and plugged away for the rest of the decade in the Roscommon defence.

George Dugdale

Sounds like: A hard working, nineteenth century textile merchant from the north of England.

Who? -  One of the heroes of 1994. Leitrim manager for 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Pa Laide

Sounds like: A Kerry island fisherman who only travels to the mainland for football.

Who? - Could have been one of Morgan Nix's unlucky men but hung around until 1997 and accompanied Maurice Fitzgerald when he won the All-Ireland for Kerry.

Anthony Rainbow


Sounds like: The alias of a 1980s kids TV show presenter - real name is Tony Smith

Who? - Former Carlow manager and Kildare wing-back who played inter-county football for not far off two decades

Craig Dias

Sounds like: An R & B singer.

Who? - Has turned out a few championship games for Dublin, all last year. Fell out of favour with Jim Gavin when the new wave of Dublin's kids broke through this year.

Pearse Piggott

Sounds like: One of the chief suspects in an Agatha Christie novel.

Who?- Galway midfielder during the 1980s. All-Ireland winner from the bench in 87 and 88. Selector with Conor Hayes in 2005.

Mitch Jordan

Sounds like: An American sport star of some sort or other.

Who? - Wexford hurler during the 2000s. Leinster title winner in 2004.

Geoffrey McGonagle

Sounds like: The subject of a famous ballad.

Who? - Iconic dual player and folk hero for Derry in the late 90s. Laid on the winner in the 1998 Ulster Final for Joe Brolly.

Ambrose Rogers

Sounds like: A vicar

Who? - Down player through the lean 2000s with a penchant for high fielding.


 Barney Rock

Sounds like: Discarded name of a character in a popular American animated programme

Who? - Dublin forward in the 1980s and All-Ireland winner in 1983. Father of Dean.

Phillip Kermath

Sounds like: An American expert on some obscure topic like the Iranian economy in the pre-revolution period or the Japanese automotive industry.

Who? - Cavan corner back and Ulster Championship winner in 1997, who I'm assured used to start, despite the no.18 on his back in this photo.


Sean Marty Lockhart

Sounds like: A prisoner in the Maze in the 1980s.

Who?- Derry veteran and All-Star in 1998.

Brendan Bugler

Sounds like: An accordian player, a Clare half back and a distant relation of Ger Loughnane.

Who? - An accordian player, a Clare half back and a distant relation of Ger Loughnane.

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