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Are the Cork ladies footballers currently Ireland's greatest sports team?

How do the Rebelettes compare with the country’s other standard bearers?

The Cork ladies footballers visited Crumlin's Childrens Hospital this morning with the Brendan Martin Cup.
The Cork ladies footballers visited Crumlin's Childrens Hospital this morning with the Brendan Martin Cup.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

LET THE DEBATE rage. With ten All-Ireland titles in the last eleven seasons, the question we’re asking is this – are the Cork ladies footballers the greatest sports team in the country?

The Rebelettes certainly put forward a cogent case to be considered the best in the business, when you consider that since 2005, they’ve lost just one game in the All-Ireland series.

In 2010, Cork suffered defeat to Tyrone in the All-Ireland quarter-final but following that setback, they’ve hit back to claim their second five-in-a-row during Eamonn Ryan’s tenure.

They also boast dual stars Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery in their ranks.

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

On Sunday, the pair made it 16 All-Ireland senior titles each, when six camogie wins are taken into account.

So where do the Cork the ladies footballers stand when compared with teams from other sports in this country?

Are their achievements right up there with Brian Cody’s Kilkenny hurlers, who have captured 11 All-Ireland titles with the James Stephens man at the helm?

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Do Cork deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the Dublin senior footballers, winners of the All-Ireland title in three of the last five seasons?

Do they compare with our national rugby team competing in the World Cup?

Are they on a par with Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland soccer team?

Have your say in the comments section below…

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