25 Sept 2022

REVEALED: The shortlisted nominations for Kildare's All Time Greats

Who will take the crown of Kildare's All Time Great, as voted by Leinster Leader readers?

REVEALED: The nominations for Kildare's All Time Greats

Who will you vote for as Kildare's All Time Great?


Since its launch a few weeks ago, the search for Kildare’s' All Time Great has certainly been generating some conversation with suggestions coming in from near and far.

Now the nominations are in and the shortlisting is revealed here in print for the first time, as the Leinster Leader prepares to find out who readers believe is Kildare’s All Time Great.

The search drew people from all sections of the community: business, charity, sport, entertainment, and historical figures.

Now that we have unveiled the final shortlist, we will launch our series of polls pitting our nominees head-to-head to make it to the quarter-final, the semi-final and eventually, the final in the coming weeks.

Could we see John Devoy doing battle with Pippa O’Connor? Who knows! All will be revealed this week at

It’s the ultimate quest for Kildare’s All Time Great and you, the reader, will decide who is truly worthy of this prestigious accolade.

To cast your vote in round one go to on Friday and get involved!

And the nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Profile #1 - Aisling Bea, comedian and actress

Profile #2 - Arthur Guinness, brewer

Profile #3 - Christy Moore, singer-songwriter

Profile #4 - Dermot Weld, racehorse trainer

Profile #5 - Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer

Profile #6 - Fionn MacCumhaill, legendary warrior of Na Fianna

Profile #7 - Glenn Ryan, Kildare footballer and manager

Profile #8 - John Devoy, Fenian rebel

Profile #9 - Johnny Doyle, Kildare footballer

Profile #10 - Jonathan Irwin/Mary Ann O'Brien, Jack & Jill Foundation founders

Profile #11 - Kathleen Lonsdale, science trailblazer

Profile #12 - Maura Laverty, author and cookbook writer

Profile #13 - Orla Tinsley, writer and Cystic Fibrosis campaigner

Profile #14 - Pippa O'Connor, entrepreneur and model

Profile #15 - Ruby Walsh, jockey

Profile #16 - St Brigid, patron saint

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