Offaly All Time Greats: Profile 7 - Brian Whelahan
After receiving countless nominations from the public, and after much debate, the Offaly Express has shortlisted 16 Offaly greats which will go to a public vote over the coming weeks starting on Monday, January 28. When all the voting is complete, you will have chosen 'Offaly's All Time Great'
7 - Brian Whelahan
A colossus of Offaly hurling, Brian Whelahan is the county's 'Millennium' hurler, one of the finest players of his generation. The Birr publican is the county's most decorated hurlers, the winner of four All-Star awards, two inter-county All-Ireland titles, one National Hurling League title, seven Leinster club titles and four club All-Ireland titles with Birr.
He was also twice named 'Texaco Hurler of the Year' and appeared at left wing-back in the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000. In Offaly's most recent All-Ireland success in 1998, Whelahan, said to be suffering from flu, gave one of the finest ever All-Ireland final performances, scoring 1-6 in a 2-16 to 1-13 victory over longtime rivals Kilkenny.