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Waterford provided some difficult decisions as the 21st Mount Rushmore county was carved into sto...

REVEALED: The Waterford sporti...

REVEALED: The Waterford sporting Mount Rushmore

Waterford provided some difficult decisions as the 21st Mount Rushmore county was carved into stone - and what a mountain we have ended up with.

Oisin Langan had the picks, while Jessie Barr joined us to make one final change to his selections.

We posted a long-list of names yesterday, with some serious talent in the Déise county over the years - but only four could make it:


SOCCER - John O'Shea

There were no arguments whatsover over the former Manchester United man's inclusion. A stellar Premier League career, and we all remember that late goal in Gelsenkirchen for the Republic of Ireland.

Oisin says he is without question the number one on the list.

"[One of] Ireland's most successful Premier League footballers, five-time Premier League winner, a Champions League winner, he nutmegged Luis Figo..."

14 October 2014; Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea, 4, celebrates after scoring his side's equalising goal with team-mates, from left, James McClean, Stephen Ward and Jonathan Walters. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Germany v Republic of Ireland, Veltins Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE


ATHLETICS - John Treacy

Jessie Barr says Treacy's achievements speak for themselves.

"I don't think there's any arguing against this - two world championships in cross-country... silver medal in the 1984 Olympics in the marathon in Los Angeles.

"A silver medal in the Olympics pretty much makes you a guarantee to be on any Mount Rushmore."

6 June 2012; Torchbearer John Treacy, from Villierstown, Co. Waterford, is a silver medal winner from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. A legendary figure in Irish athletics, John represented Ireland at four Olympic Games between 1980 and 1992 and twice was the world cross country champion (‘78/’79). He retired from competitive running in 1995 and is currently Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council, with the Olympic Flame during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay through the streets of Dublin. Dame Street, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE


RUGBY - Niamh Briggs

Captained Ireland to a Six Nations championship in 2013, and was heavily involved in the historic first Grand Slam of 2013. Briggs has also represented Waterford in gaelic football, and Oisin says she fully deserves her place.

"A world player of the year nominee... twice Six Nations winner, should have had more Ireland caps, and has a massive influence around the county.

"I think I was in sixth year when Niamh was in first year, and there was just this buzz about this kid in first year who could do everything!

"Even outside of rugby Niamh is a fantastic gaelic footballer."

20 March 2016; Ireland captain Niamh Briggs is congratulated by supporters following her team's victory over Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Scotland. Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE


ATHLETICS - Thomas Barr

Jessie made a big call in removing Oisin's hurling representative - Ken McGrath. But she argued her brother's inclusion was something she had to run with.

"This will come as a surprise to no one. I would challenge anyone who has a sibling in their family who just missed out on an Olympic sprint medal in one of the most competitive events in the Olympic calendar...

"...I would challenge anyone to not put them on the list and be able to sit with them at Christmas dinner! I'm not just saying that because of the blood ties - even if I wasn't related to him I would still be arguing for him."

9 August 2018; Thomas Barr of Ireland celebrates after winning a bronze medal following the Men's 400m Hurdles Final during Day 3 of the 2018 European Athletics Championships at The Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


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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Dan Shanahan Jessie Barr John Mullane John O'Shea John Treacy Mount Rushmore Niamh Briggs Oisin Langan Otb Am Waterford Waterford GAA