Non-Dublin gaelic footballers with All-Ireland medals are truly an endangered species in the GAA. With Dublin eyeing a seventh-consecutive All-Ireland this summer, we've created this post to catalogue this dying breed of gaelic footballer.
If you'd like to fully appreciate Dublin's dominance over gaelic football in the last ten years, consider this: according to our research, there's only 12 footballers left playing intercounty with a Celtic Cross medal. Only four of them are under 30.
At the start of the 2020 Championship, there were 19 footballers with All-Ireland medals still playing. That number has been whittled down after Dublin won the 6-in-a-row. There might have been more retirements if the 2021 Championship was not ending in August
The players on this list were either involved in 2021 match squads, training squads or missed this season due to injury. We've listed the number of All-Ireland medalists each county has in their ranks, as well as the player's name and age.
The players come from a group of just two counties. The retirements of Paul Kerrigan, Aidan Walsh and Ciarán Sheehan between the 2020 and 2021 Championship mean the entire Cork team of 2010 has retired now.
There are four members of the Donegal squad who won Sam in 2012 still playing intercounty football. With Neil McGee confirming he'd back for 2021 before Christmas, it's likely to stay that way for another year at least.
Michael Murphy (age 31)
Paddy McBrearty (age 27)
Paddy McGrath (age 31)
Neil McGee (age 35)
Kerry - 8
The bulk of this list were involved in the Kerry team that won the All-Ireland in 2014. However, the retirements of Brian Kelly, Shane Enright and Jonathan Lyne in early 2021 means that only 9 members of the 2014 Kerry panel are still playing intercounty (Tommy Walsh won his Celtic Cross medal in 2009)
Tommy Walsh (age 32)
David Moran (age 32)
Paul Murphy (age 29)
James O'Donoghue (age 30)
Paul Geaney (age 30)
Stephen O'Brien (age 29)
Pa Kilkenny (age 28)
Jack Sherwood (age 29)