Colm O’Rourke: Talent in Munster goes beyond Cork & Kerry

Is it a rivalry if one team is just always vastly superior to the other? Just asking, no particular reason


Should we have some sort of action in the coming months, I’ll be looking forward to plenty of the battles in the Munster Championship.

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No more than that Kerry–Cork showdown in the semi-final. But there’s plenty of talent coming out of Munster and here’s six players who I’ve had my eye on with the future in mind.

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 11/5/2019
Tipperary vs Limerick
Limerick’s Iain Corbett
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Limerick have been going very well this year and I’ve been very impressed by them. Even going to Waterford and beating them with just 13 men. A few of their players have impressed me but none more so than Danny Neville at full forward. He’s a great scoring forward and I think he’s going to make a big impact for Limerick this year.

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To me, he’s a player who’s going to give most full-backs their fill of it. Adrian Enright is another to keep an eye on in midfield and he’s capable of going at it with any of the midfielders in Munster. Limerick are a team who are going to surprise a few of the big boys this year and in these two players, Danny in particular, they have a lot to look forward to.


If you play football for Waterford, you deserve a medal my opinion. You don’t get to Croke Park or to a Munster final. It’s the likes of Waterford who I have the height of respect for and they have some fine players too, including Conor Murray. He plays at wing-forward and he is undoubtedly one of their most talented players.

Jason Curry is another player who I like and he’s an excellent free taker in my opinion. Waterford are a team who are at the bottom of Division 4 and they need players like Conor and Jason. I’d love to see footballers like these get the opportunity to play in Croke Park more often.


Clare are one of those teams that whenever they seem to be struggling, they always seem to survive. In my opinion, the best player they have is Cathal O’Connor, who’s a big midfielder and that’s exactly what Clare need. He’s a traditional type of midfielder who bets up and down the field and is a very good scorer.

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Cian O’Dea is another who’s impressed me for Clare at right-half forward. But midfielders are so important these days as they need to be able to do everything. You need to be a modern day midfielder and Cathal fits that bill.

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 11/5/2019
Tipperary vs Limerick
Tipperary’s Conor Sweeney and Sean O’Dea of Limerick
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While Tipperary have struggled this year, they still have some fine players and the standout one for me is Conor Sweeney. He might have been around for a few years but he really is a classy player. I’ve seen him myself in the flesh and he’s just a beautifully balanced footballer. He’s got a great left foot and he goes for goals, which I love. When Conor and Michael Quinlivan are playing together, they’re a dynamic duo and that’s something to look forward to when Michael returns to the fold. To me, Conor is talented enough to get into any county team in the country. He’s a really brilliant player and he’s also great in the air. He’s a bit like Con O’Callaghan. He goes for goals and I just love that in a player.

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St. Mary’s Edenderry vs St. Pat’s Navan
St. Pat’s Navan mentor Colm O’Rourke
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Cork have had a great year and what a shame it would be if they had to stay in Division 3 for another year. I still think we’ll see the league completed but Cork are more or less guaranteed promotion to Division 2. A huge player for them this year, who has been a massive loss for them over the last couple of years, is Sean Powter. He’s played in the forwards in the past and in the last couple of games, he played full-back and centre-back.

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He’s a hardy player who drives forward and knocks fellas out of his way. A bit like Ryan McHugh from Donegal. Very inspirational and he can pop up with a goal as good as anybody else. He’s going to be a huge player for Cork and Cathal O’Mahony is another player from Cork to look out for too. He’s a full-forward that my friends in Cork have told me a lot about. In Sean Powter though, he’s a player who can easily whip up the crowd and he’s somebody that Cork badly need.


Looking at some of the newer lads for Kerry, they have some really brilliant players on the up. The one who’s made the biggest impact so far and impressed me most is David Shaw. I had heard a lot about him so I was looking forward to seeing him play when I travelled down to Killarney to see Kerry play Meath. He made his debut that day and he was excellent.

It was worth the wait as I was very impressed by him. Kerry have a lot of upcoming talent but they need them as there needs to be more help for David Clifford in the side. Tony Brosnan and Paudie Clifford are two others who could also help out there. But for me, David Shaw is the most exciting player that Kerry have for the future.

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