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Dublin footballer joins the greats while it's a first for Limerick hurler

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Leading light: Brian Fenton’s latest honours have lifted him onto a very special pedestal

Leading light: Brian Fenton’s latest honours have lifted him onto a very special pedestal

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Top man: Gearold Hegarty is Hurler of the Year

Top man: Gearold Hegarty is Hurler of the Year

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Leading light: Brian Fenton’s latest honours have lifted him onto a very special pedestal

The GAA may have been stripped of its elite status under the Republic government's 'Living with Covid' plan but at the weekend Dublin footballer Brian Fenton and Limerick hurler Gearóid Hegarty, assumed the imposing mantle of members of Irish sporting aristocracy.

Having already pocketed six All-Ireland medals, Fenton was crowned Footballer of the Year for the second time in three years as well as picking up his fifth All-Star gong, while Hegarty's stunning scoring exploits during Limerick's surge to another All-Ireland title saw him claim the Hurler of the Year accolade.

Fenton's spectacular track record with Dublin since 2015 - he has never played on a losing team in a championship tie - has thrust him into the pantheon of true greats and, frighteningly from the perspective of opponents, he looks capable of delivering much more.


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