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Stars who have swapped GAA for other codes

With Ben O’Connor switching sporting careers Shane and Michael explore what other sports stars swapped GAA for different sports

With Ben O’Connor switching sporting careers Shane and Michael explore what other sports stars swapped GAA for different sports.

With Ben O’Connor switching sporting careers Shane and Michael explore what other sports stars swapped GAA for different sports.

Rob Kearney
The former Ireland rugby international was a promising underage footballer in Louth, and little surprise when his prowess under a Garryowen was exhibited on the biggest stage.

Shane Long
A brilliant underage prospect for Tipperary with speed, a great hand, and a scoring touch.

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Went on to have an excellent professional football career which began at Cork City. 

His famous goal for Ireland against Germany in 2015 will live long in the memory.

Jason Sherlock
A man for any sport, be it basketball, soccer with UCD, or Gaelic football with the Dubs.

Kieran Donaghy
Donaghy is a former Footballer of the Year but continues to play basketball at a high level.

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Seamus Coleman
Killybegs and Donegal could only wish that Coleman stayed around instead of heading to Everton via Sligo Rovers.

A huge leader as seen with the Toffees and as captain of Ireland.

Zach Tuohy
Tuohy was a massive loss to Portlaoise and Laois, and is one of the most reverred AFL players in the league over recent seasons.

Niall Quinn
Played in a minor All-Ireland hurling final for Dublin. His size and drive would have been a big help to the capital.

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Would Robbie Keane have scored that famous goal against Germany in 2002 without that lovely nodded header down by Quinny? No!

Kevin Moran
As seen in the documentary ‘Codebreaker’, Moran was a man for the big occasion.

Would likely have excelled at any sport he put his hand to.

Seamus Power 
The international golfer played for local club Sliabh Gcua in Tooraneena, which is based between Dungarvan and Clonmel in Waterford.

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