Selecting just one from Ballincollig, Podsie O’Mahony is the choice. A terrific dual player underage, he focused on football to capture minor and U21 All-Irelands in Rebel red but missed out on Sam Maguire when Meath beat Cork in 1999.
As a hurler, he led the line for Ballincollig to an intermediate county title and had the skill in both codes to produce scores from any angle.
With a brilliant right foot, he was usually deployed as an inside forward for Ballincollig, often alongside Fergal Keohane. In ‘99 he was unmarkable for the club when they blitzed Carrigdhoun, Carbery and Castlehaven to reach the county semi-final, but was still ripping it up by 2010.
Lynch was one of the best Rebel defenders of all-time and had epic duels with Colm Cooper, while Colin Corkery and Donncha O’Connor delivered for their county but also at club level.
O’Connor was robbed of an All-Star in 2010, coming up with the key plays in the All-Ireland semi and final and was still shining for Ballydesmond and Duhallow last season in his late ‘30s. He's a penalty specialist, a reliable ball-winner and expert shooter.
Ó Sé broke Rebel hearts time and again in green and gold but his marauding runs down the flanks, his innate timing to hoover up breaking ball and his raking kick-passing made him a terrific player.
FAVOURITE CORK FOOTBALLERS:
REST OF IRELAND FOOTBALLERS:
Pádraig Joyce; Ciarán McDonald; Owen Mulligan; Tomás Ó Sé