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14:09 14 Jul 2020

Antrim is up next in our sporting Mount Rushmore series tomorrow morning on OTB AM, and you could argue it is the toughest county yet to narrow down to just four.

All Star-winning former Antrim hurler Ciarán Barr and Neil McManus have to make the selections, while former Ulster, Ireland, and Lions international Stephen Ferris will have the opportunity to make a final pitch.

For clarification, George Best will not be on the Antrim Rushmore, as he is already etched into the County Down selection.

There are some obvious names that come straight to mind when you think of Antrim sportspeople.

4 May 2009; Dame Mary Peters, who won a Gold medal in the Pentathlon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, watches competitors at the finishing line of the Belfast City Marathon 2009. Belfast, Co. Antrim. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

AP McCoy is one of the greatest riders horse racing has ever seen, having been crowned Champion Jockey a record 20 c0nsecutive times. Then you have the likes of Mary Peters, a gold medalist in the Pentathlon at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.

Boxing is very strong in County Antrim - but how do you decipher between Carl Frampton, Dave 'Boy' McAuley, Wayne McCullough, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan?

Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins won two world titles in snooker in 1972 and 1982, and created a buzz around the sport in the 1980s that made it one of the most popular of the decade.

Mark Allen is also achieving great things in the sport today - a Masters champion and one of the top-ranked players in the world currently.

The late Joey Dunlop surely will weigh heavily on the conversation - an icon of motorcycling who had three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting.

Joey Dunlop, Northern Ireland's world motor-cycle road racing champion, with his Honda VFR 750F bike outside Buckingham Palace in London, before he received an MBE from the Prince of Wales.

There are a number of GAA names that the lads will undoubtedly list off tomorrow - including Terence McNaughton, dual star Kevin Armstrong, Seany Burns.

Then you have a multitude of rugby names - will Stephen Ferris successfully pitch oval ball legends like Willie John McBride, Jack Kyle, or Mike Gibson?

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Here is Nathan Murphy's selection of Mayo

Here is Colm Boohig's selection of Cork

Here is Will O'Callaghan and Paul Rouse's selection of Offaly

Here is Shane Hannon and Gráinne McElwain's selection of Monaghan

Here is Diarmuid Lyng and Liam Griffin's selection of Wexford

Here is Neil Treacy and Jack Anderson's selection of Limerick

Here is Enda Coll and Kieran Cunningham's selection of Donegal

Here is Máire-Treasa Nic-Cheallaigh and Michael Lyster's selection of Galway

Here is Adrian Barry and Conor Moore's selection of Westmeath

Here is Ronan Mullen and Dan McDonnell's selection of Louth

Here is Alan Quinlan and Michael Quinlivan's selection of Tipperary

Here is Tommy Rooney and Hector Ó'hEochagáin's selection of Meath

Here is Conor Deegan and Donal O'Neill's selection of Down

Here is Ger Gilroy and Joe Molloy's selection of Kildare

Here is Thom Malone and Paul Howard's selection of Wicklow

Here is Dave McIntyre and Paul Fitzpatrick's selection of Cavan

Here is Arthur O'Dea and Alan Cawley's selection of Sligo

Here is Eoin Sheahan and Kieran Donaghy's selection of Kerry

Here is Cliona Foley and Shane Keegan's selection of Laois

Here is Enda McGinley and Orla Bannon's selection of Tyrone

Here is Oisin Langan and Jessie Barr's selection of Waterford

Here is Enda McEvoy and Gary Halpin's selection of Kilkenny

Here is Cahair O'Kane and Chrissy McKaigue's selection of Derry

Here is Declan Bogue and Colm Bradley's selection of Fermanagh

Here is Jamesie O'Connor and Syl O'Connor's selection of Clare

Here is Tommy Conlon and Sean McGoldrick's selection of Leitrim

Here is Aaron Kernan and Niall McCoy's selection of Armagh

Here is Brendan Hennessy and Patrick Mullins' selection of Carlow

Here is Shane Curran and John Caulfield's selection of Roscommon

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