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Waterford's Mount Rushmore | Who should make the cut?

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13:37 11 Jun 2020

County number 21 on our Mount Rushmore search is Waterford - as we look to select the top four sportspeople from the Déise County on tomorrow's OTB AM!

Oisin Langan will be making the picks for us, while top Irish athlete Jessie Barr will get to make one change at the end.

Let us know who you think should make it - here are just some of the names up for consideration:

John O’Shea

Mr Versatility. The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland defender even lined out in goals once for the Old Trafford outfit. And who could ever forget that goal in Gelsenkirchen?

Aine Wall

Wall put fear into opposition defenders for the Déise footballers in the 1980s and 90s and has a serious collection of All Stars and senior All-Ireland's in her collection.

Seamus Power

The 33-year-old golfer represented Ireland at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Craig Breen

The 2012 WRC Super 2000 world rally champion is one of the household names of rallying in this country.

4 August 2019; Irish driver Craig Breen during Round 9 of the FIA World Rally Championship in Jyväskylä, Finland. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

Ciara Grant

105 caps for the Irish Women's side from 1995 to 2012, and an incredibly long and successful stay with Arsenal cross-channel.

Michelle Ryan

The Ballymacarbry woman retired from the Waterford senior football side earlier this year after playing for 19 seasons and under six different managers.

Niamh Briggs

A true Irish rugby great. A member of the 2013 Grand Slam-winning side, captained the team to the 2015 Six Nations, and played at World Cups. Briggs has also played for the Waterford ladies side in gaelic football.

Jim Beglin

Before his broadcasting career Belgin made a name for himself in six years spent at Anfield. He had played for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland before then, and earned 15 senior international caps.

Patricia Jackman

Dunmore East camogie star who certainly deserves a mention in our Déise long-list.

Beth Carton

The scoring sensation secured Waterford's first-ever camogie All-Star last year, as the county reached its maiden All-Ireland quarter-final.

Tom Cheasty

The late hurler won an All-Ireland and three Munster medals in the 1950s and 60s - a vitally important era in Waterford hurling.

Philly Grimes

The Mount Sion clubman retired at the end of the 1965 inter-county season, so many today won't have seen him play - but his legacy has left an important mark on Waterford hurling.

Ken McGrath

Three All-Stars, four Munster medals. Sadly no All-Ireland's, but what a fierce competitor McGrath was at centre-half back.

17 June 2007; Waterford's Ken McGrath celebrates at the final whistle. Guinness Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Cork v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Captain John Ledingham

Grew up in a big family of 14 in west Waterford, Ledingham is one of the biggest names in Irish showjumping - lifting the Aga Khan five times.

Michael 'Brick' Walsh

Just the 17 seasons with the Waterford senior side, and a household name of Déise hurling in recent times.

John Mullane

He loves his county.

Dan Shanahan

Dan the Man. Has to be in consideration for the final four.

John Keane

Made the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984, then the Hurling Team of the Millennium. Serious achievements.

Ned Power

The Dungarvan net-minder helped Waterford's hurlers to an historic All-Ireland win in 1959.

Noel Hunt

Just the three caps at senior international level, but carved out an impressive career in the game cross-channel.

Stephen Hunt

Older brother of Noel, Stephen played for many years at the highest level in England, and himself lined out for the Irish senior team on 39 occasions.

10 August 2011; Stephen Hunt, Republic of Ireland, in action against Vedran Corluka, Croatia. International Soccer Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Croatia, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Paddy Coad

Scored 126 goals in the League of Ireland to earn his place as a domestic league legend.

Peter Crotty

The late boxer competed in the men's welterweight division for Ireland at the 1952 Olympic Games.

Sean Kelly

One of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s and winner of the 1988 Vuelta in Spain.

Paul Flynn

Ballygunner man Flynn is Waterford's top hurling scorer of all time in the championship - he also earned an All Star during an illustrious career.

John Treacy

Heads up Sport Ireland these days but won silver for Ireland in the marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Jack O’Donoghue

The 26-year-old Munster star has plenty of good years left in him but has impressed greatly with the southern province in recent years.

Thomas Barr

Will Jessie be tempted to pick her brother, a European hurdles medalist and Olympian?

Kate Veale

A hugely talented Irish international racewalker.

Jamie Costin

The Old Parish man is another international racewalker - who has qualified to represent Ireland in the 50 kilometre walk at three Olympic Games'.

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Missed any of our Mount Rushmore county-by-county series? Watch back all episodes here! 

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

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