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Best Goal Keepers You Seen In Our Lifetime

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Just something different here..As a child in early 80's and Kilkenny winning in 82 and 83, I thought Noel Skehan (with the big hurl I know) was invinceable...I still think he was a fantstic keeper..my own County Offaly I think Jim Troy when he established himself tips even the great Damien Martin..many will disagree...outside Skehan I would go with Damien Fitzhenry, the late Tommy Quaid, and Joe Quaid...Brendan Cummins of course must be considered...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 08/09/2021 16:06:23    2378831

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "Just something different here..As a child in early 80's and Kilkenny winning in 82 and 83, I thought Noel Skehan (with the big hurl I know) was invinceable...I still think he was a fantstic keeper..my own County Offaly I think Jim Troy when he established himself tips even the great Damien Martin..many will disagree...outside Skehan I would go with Damien Fitzhenry, the late Tommy Quaid, and Joe Quaid...Brendan Cummins of course must be considered..."
Noel Skehan. Bennettsbridge and Kilkenny.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 1564 - 08/09/2021 21:05:25    2378898

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "Just something different here..As a child in early 80's and Kilkenny winning in 82 and 83, I thought Noel Skehan (with the big hurl I know) was invinceable...I still think he was a fantstic keeper..my own County Offaly I think Jim Troy when he established himself tips even the great Damien Martin..many will disagree...outside Skehan I would go with Damien Fitzhenry, the late Tommy Quaid, and Joe Quaid...Brendan Cummins of course must be considered..."
Stephen Byrne was a great goalkeeper for you but disappeared from inter county quite fast ....

johnocarroll17 (Limerick) - Posts: 302 - 08/09/2021 21:23:52    2378909

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T'is Damian Fitzhenry for me, he was a joy to watch . He produced all sorts of heroics in goal for Wexford .

UnRepentant (Fermanagh) - Posts: 8 - 08/09/2021 21:54:28    2378919

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For me the keepers have got better over the years. Eoin Murphy is as good as I've ever seen. All the Quaids were good. Skehan Fitzhenry Fitzgerald Ó Cusack all great keepers but IMO Brendan Cummins was my favourite. I was in Croke Park for 03 semi v Kilkenny and was in lower dávin behind Cummins s goal where he made some out of this world saves. Cummins for me. Football is more obvious. Cluxton no explanation needed.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2771 - 08/09/2021 21:54:59    2378921

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "For me the keepers have got better over the years. Eoin Murphy is as good as I've ever seen. All the Quaids were good. Skehan Fitzhenry Fitzgerald Ó Cusack all great keepers but IMO Brendan Cummins was my favourite. I was in Croke Park for 03 semi v Kilkenny and was in lower dávin behind Cummins s goal where he made some out of this world saves. Cummins for me. Football is more obvious. Cluxton no explanation needed."
Cluxton is amongst the greatest CiarraiMick. There are others who you can't just dismiss by saying "no explanation needed."

Greengrass (Louth) - Posts: 5691 - 08/09/2021 22:31:22    2378936

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Eoin Murphy for me. A class act. Such a high skill level and alethicism. You'd back him all day long.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1391 - 08/09/2021 23:00:51    2378943

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Damien Fitzhenry end of thread. No point wasting valuable time in our lives arguing over something with an obvious answer.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1377 - 09/09/2021 09:09:50    2378964

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Replying To Greengrass:  "Cluxton is amongst the greatest CiarraiMick. There are others who you can't just dismiss by saying "no explanation needed.""
Fair enough Greengrass.i should have just posted "in my Opinion".

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2771 - 09/09/2021 09:21:28    2378967

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I was lucky when I was very young to have seen Tony Reddan play. He was near the end of a glittering career at the time but I haven't seen a better goalie since. He excelled at a time when goalkeepers didn't have the protection they enjoy nowadays. Neither did they have the enormous "bas" to their hurleys! In recent years I would class Eoin Murphy as the best, followed closely by the likes of Nicky Quaid, Damien Fitzhenry and Brendan Cummins. I have always been impressed by Stephen O'Keeffe, even if he has had a relatively short career at county level (to date).

midlands (Westmeath) - Posts: 328 - 09/09/2021 09:48:25    2378972

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Martin Furlong, no need to explain

naasmanxrhode (Offaly) - Posts: 41 - 09/09/2021 10:26:07    2378980

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "Damien Fitzhenry end of thread. No point wasting valuable time in our lives arguing over something with an obvious answer."
This is wider than just Wexford, good and all as Damien was. It's everyone's opinion on the best number 1s they have seen.

MicktheMiller (Offaly) - Posts: 402 - 09/09/2021 10:32:18    2378984

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "Damien Fitzhenry end of thread. No point wasting valuable time in our lives arguing over something with an obvious answer."
Pat Nolan (RIP) was an even better goalkeeper than Damien. He more than anybody else kept Wexford in the 68 final, although they also concede five goals, he made some stunning saves. He kept a clean sheet in the '60 Final and was absolutely brilliant in the '73 League Final. A huge man, who as well as being a great shot stopper, commanded his square and was like an extra back to his team.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 3276 - 09/09/2021 10:37:33    2378988

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Can only go back to the early 90s. For me its Cummins. The quality of keepers since has been outstanding.
Of the current crop Eoin Murphy and Nicky Quaid are rightly lauded. I think a mention should go to Enda Rowland from Laois. A quality keeper and could easily play in one of the stronger counties and excel

Southsham (Limerick) - Posts: 729 - 09/09/2021 10:43:03    2378990

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Hurling: Eoin Murphy

Football: Martin Furlong

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4555 - 09/09/2021 10:46:31    2378993

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Cluxton currently. Of old, Furlong, Nelligan and Cullen.

plike (Kerry) - Posts: 569 - 09/09/2021 11:03:15    2378999

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Tony Dunne was the best I seen. Great Malahide Man.

Ashrules (Dublin) - Posts: 391 - 09/09/2021 11:18:38    2379004

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Cluxton was the best imo

BilboNaggins (Galway) - Posts: 59 - 09/09/2021 11:20:18    2379006

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I was only a boy, but Ollie Walsh was a great goal keeper.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1506 - 09/09/2021 11:49:07    2379022

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Replying To midlands:  "I was lucky when I was very young to have seen Tony Reddan play. He was near the end of a glittering career at the time but I haven't seen a better goalie since. He excelled at a time when goalkeepers didn't have the protection they enjoy nowadays. Neither did they have the enormous "bas" to their hurleys! In recent years I would class Eoin Murphy as the best, followed closely by the likes of Nicky Quaid, Damien Fitzhenry and Brendan Cummins. I have always been impressed by Stephen O'Keeffe, even if he has had a relatively short career at county level (to date)."
I know Tony Reddin (now RIP) and many may know and many may not, but Tony had avery bad hearing , I dont want to use the word deaf. It is said that people with an imparment in one sensory area are over compensated in another, and while I didnt see him hurl my late father said he was the best he seen, and Skehan afterwards or any of the fairly recent excellent keepers my father would not have seen unfortunately. Waterford to be fair had excellent keepers too over the last 22 or 23 years, and while may not have won All Irelands does not mean they shouldnt be mentioned, Brenner (Stephen?) was as fine a keeper as there is today..this years keeper OSullivan I think and that Clare keeper if they hang around will be great keepers...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 09/09/2021 12:03:31    2379027

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