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 www.leinsterleader.ie.
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 www.leinsterleader.ie 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 #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