Top 20 GAA Moments
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Top 20 GAA Moments

Top 20 GAA Moments is a poll of the best moments of Gaelic football and hurling in the television era.


In early 2005, the Irish public chose its favourite from 20 memorable moments from the last 40 years, as selected by ten RTÉ sports personalities and featured on the Sunday Sport programme. The number one moment was revealed in a special broadcast on Saturday 7 May 2005, the eve of the beginning of the All-Ireland hurling and football championships.

The special programme included the views of the ten judges, Des Cahill, Jim Carney, Ger Canning, Brian Carthy, Michael Lyster, Jimmy Magee, Marty Morrissey, Tony O'Donoghue, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Darragh Maloney. There were also discussions with former players as to their views regarding the best moments.

As the programme was made in 2005 it does not feature more recent GAA highlights, such as Kevin Cassidy's long-range winner against Kildare in stoppage time at the end of extra-time in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-final,[1] or Michael Murphy's thunderbolt of a piledriver into the back of the net in the third minute of the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.[2]

List of "moments"

Gaelic football
Moment Match Team Opponent Venue Date
1 Michael Donnellan's solo run[3] 1998 All-Ireland Final Galway Kildare Croke Park 27 September 1998
2 Maurice Fitzgerald's sideline point 2001 All-Ireland Quarter-Final Kerry Dublin Semple Stadium 4 August 2001
3 Séamus Darby's last-minute goal 1982 All-Ireland Final Offaly Kerry Croke Park 16 September 1982
4 John Fenton's goal 1987 Munster Semi-Final replay Cork Limerick Semple Stadium 28 June 1987
5 Davy Fitzgerald's penalty goal 1995 Munster Final Clare Limerick Semple Stadium 9 July 1995
6 Kevin Foley's goal 1991 Leinster first round, third replay Meath Dublin Croke Park 6 July 1991
7 D. J. Carey's point 2002 All-Ireland Final Kilkenny Clare Croke Park 8 September 2002
8 Joe Connolly's victory speech 1980 All-Ireland Final Galway Limerick Croke Park 7 September 1980
9 Jack O'Shea's goal 1981 All-Ireland Final Kerry Offaly Croke Park 20 September 1981
10 Offaly comeback 1994 All-Ireland Final Offaly Limerick Croke Park 4 September 1994
11 Mattie McDonagh's goal 1966 All-Ireland Final Galway Meath Croke Park 25 September 1966
12 Mikey Sheehy's lob goal 1978 All-Ireland Final Kerry Dublin Croke Park 24 September 1978
13 Babs Keating's barefoot play 1971 All-Ireland Final Tipperary Kilkenny Croke Park 5 September 1971
14 Peter Canavan's return 2003 All-Ireland Final Tyrone Armagh Croke Park 28 September 2003
15 Jimmy Barry-Murphy's goal 1973 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Cork Galway Croke Park 23 September 1973
16 Eddie Keher's first goal 1972 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final Kilkenny Cork Croke Park 3 September 1972
17 Paddy Cullen's penalty save 1974 All-Ireland Final Dublin Galway Croke Park 22 September 1974
18 Barney Rock's "goal" 1986-87 National Football League quarter-final Dublin Cork Croke Park 5 April 1987
19 Frank McGuigan's point-scoring 1984 Ulster Final Tyrone Armagh St Tiernach's Park 15 July 1984
20 Offaly fans' sit-down protest 1998 All-Ireland Semi-Final, first replay Offaly Clare Croke Park 22 August 1998


  1. ^ "Donegal 1-12 Kildare 0-14 (aet)". RTÉ Sport. 30 July 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "DDTV Video: Murphy strike against Mayo named Goal of the Championship". Donegal Daily. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2012.
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