In the aftermath of the An Post Hurling Team of the Millennium announcement earlier in the week one can see that in the plain light of day only players from seven different counties were honoured. Kilkenny had four, Tipperary and Cork had three each, Wexford had two and Offaly, Waterford and Limerick had one each. This is a damning verdict on the state of the game outside of it's traditional strongholds. Outside of an area including the midlands and adjoining counties, hurling continually struggles to break into other parts of the country, and the GAA has failed to implement stable development plans in many.
The other issue that the Millennium selection has highlighted is that counties like Galway and Clare have legitimate claims that they should have had a representative on the side. Rumblings and disquiet have been prominant in both counties during the week as you would imagine, as to why the have been left out in the cold. Tony Keady, John Connolly and Joe Cooney are just three Galway names that could compete with the best while Clare have men like Seán Stack, Ger Loughnane and Brian Lohan that would surely hold their own.
While the team has been picked and nobody could doubt but that it incorporates some of the greatest hurlers of all time, in true GAA fashion it is unlikely that either Galway or Clare will let the matter rest too easily.