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10 Great Photos Of GAA Stars Back When They Were Playing Minor

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The behemoths who today adorn billboards were once little known minors, lighting up curtain raisers in Croke Park and elsewhere.

 

James O'Donoghue

Before Kerry's four in a row there were some barren times at the grade for the Kingdowm, but they at least dominated Munster in the late noughties. Here's O'Donoghue in action during the 2008 Munster football final.

 

Aidan O'Shea

The phenomenon that is Aidan O'Shea back during his stellar minor career. Centre-forward on the Mayo side that lost the 2008 All-Ireland minor final to Tyrone. A year later, he won a Connacht title with the seniors.

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Joe Canning

Joe looking dejected after his bid for a historic third successive minor All-Ireland title was scuppered by a scintillating Tipperary team in 2006.

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Colm Cooper

A year before he was marked out as the danger man in the 2002 All-Ireland senior final, he featured for the Kerry minors in their run to the All-Ireland semi-final. They were defeated by Dublin.

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Noel McGrath

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The young Noel McGrath was the star man on a particularly dazzling minor side, the All-Ireland winning Tipp team of 2006.

Michael Murphy and Tommy Walsh

If the caption hadn't declared that the kid in the Abbey Hotel jersey was Michael Murphy, I wouldn't have believed it was him. Kerry's blue ribbon forward Tommy Walsh collects the ball behind him.

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Kerry won the semi-final, but proceeded to lose to Roscommon in the All-Ireland final.

 

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David Moran

Another from the stellar, but not All-Ireland winning, minor side of 2006, David Moran would endure some tough, injury battered years before his glorious ascension to the ranks of the leading figure for Kerry's seniors over the last few years.

 

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Alan Brogan

This great snap was taken after Brogan bagged a goal against Down in the 1999 All Ireland semi-final. Alas it wasn't to be for his Dublin side, with Down coming back to beat them and subsequently defeat Mayo in the final.

Sean Cavanagh

The golden boy of the Mickey Harte era, Cavanagh enjoyed success under him at both senior and underage level. In 2001 he secured an All-Ireland minor title, with Tyrone beating Dublin in the final.

Kieran Donaghy

Another man from the same era as Cavanagh, Kerry's Kieran Donaghy was part of a side that did not achieve any great success at underage level but more than made up for when they became senior.

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