Declan O'Sullivan

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Declan O'Sullivan
Personal information
Irish name Déaglán Ó Súilleabháin
Sport Gaelic football
Position Centre-forward
Born Cahersiveen, County Kerry
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Occupation Shop Manager
Club(s)
Years Club
2002 - present Dromid Pearses
Club Titles
Kerry titles 4
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
2003 - present Kerry 42 (7-44)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 6
All-Irelands 4
NFL 3
All Stars 3

Declan O'Sullivan (born 1983) is an Irish sportsperson. He plays Gaelic football with his local club Dromid Pearses, his divisional side South Kerry and has been a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team since 2003. O'Sullivan captained Kerry to back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 2006 and 2007.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

South Kerry

Born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, O'Sullivan plays his club football with his local club Dromid Pearses and with his divisional side South Kerry and has enjoyed much success. After garnering minor and under-21 county titles with South Kerry, he later went on to become a star at senior level.

In 2004 O'Sullivan tasted victory for the first time as a footballer when South Kerry qualified for the final of the county senior championship. The opponents on that occasion were Laune Rangers. The divisional side were far too powerful on that occasion and secured a 1-13 to 2-5 victory. It was O'Sullivan's first county senior winners' medal.[1]

O'Sullivan's South Kerry side reached the county final again in 2005, this time with Dr. Croke's providing the opposition. In what was considered a dream final, the game turned into a close affair. After the sixty minutes South Kerry retained their title and O'Sullivan picked up a second county winners' medal.[2]

In 2006 South Kerry still dominated the club championship in Kerry. The final that year was a repeat of 2005 as Dr. Crokes set out on a revenge mission. The game developed into an extremely tense battle with no side taking a substantial lead. At the full-time whistle South Kerry just about retained their title for a third consecutive year on a score line of 0-12 to 1-8. It was O'Sullivan's third county winners' medal.[3]

South Kerry had the chance to make history in 2007 by capturing a fourth consecutive county title. All went to plan as the divisional side found little difficulty in reaching the final once again. A divisional side from the other half of the county, Feale Rangers provided the opposition. The game was an extremely close affair, however, O'Sullivan's side were finally bested as Rangers went on to win by 1-5 to 0-6.[4]

In 2009 for the third time in 5 years South Kerry and Dr. Crokes faced each other in the county final. South Kerry ran out one point winners on a score line of 1-08 to 0-10 giving Sullivan a fourth county championship medal.

Dromid Pearses

In 2004 he helped Dromid Pearses win their first ever South Kerry Senior Football Championship beating St Marys on a scoreline of 0-09 to 0-07 in the final.

After losing out in 2010 O'Sullivan led Dromid Pearses back to the final of the Junior County Championship but this time thanks to 4 O'Sullivan landed Dromid Pearses their first Junior title. The later added the Munster Junior Club Football Championship title to their winnings for the year.

Inter-county[edit]

Declan made his first championship appearance for Kerry in 2003 against Tipperary. He won the National Football League and All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2004 with Kerry, beating Mayo GAA comfortably. 2005 was slightly less successful for O'Sullivan, with Tyrone GAA beating Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final. In 2006, O'Sullivan became Kerry captain. He captained Kerry to a comprehensive All-Ireland final victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2006 final. He had lost his place in the side after the Munster Final Replay defeat to Cork and was booed off by a minority of his own fans. However, he won his place back to lead the team out for the All Ireland Final and scored the opening goal in the 4-15 to 3-05 demolition of Mayo before leading the team up the steps to lift Sam Maguire and shared the honour with Colm Cooper (who had captained the side in his absence). Again Kerry had completed a League-Championship double.

In 2007, O'Sullivan had easily his best year so far, scoring crucial goals against Monaghan and Dublin, the latter coming in the classic semi-final. Declan became the first man since Tony Hanahoe in 1977 to lift Sam Maguire twice as Kerry trounced Cork by a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-09. Kerry ironically became the first team to win consecutive titles since Cork in 1990 the same day. 2007 saw Kerry claim the Munster title. O'Sullivan was the winner of the Opel Gaelic Player of the Month award for August,[5] and Kerry went on to claim the All-Ireland title by thrashing Cork 3-13 to 1-9.[6] O'Sullivan was selected at centre-forward on the GAA All-Stars Awards team.,[5][7]

Declan is also the winner of a Munster minor football championship and a Munster Under-21 football championship as well as having Munster and All-Ireland Vocational Schools championship medals.

Declan is the fourth person after Dick Fitzgerald, John Joe Sheehy and Joe Barrett to twice captain Kerry to All-Ireland glory. He is also only one of eight people to lift the Sam Maguire cup twice.

He was replaced by Paul Galvin as captain of the Kerry footballers for the 2008 season.[8] O'Sullivan also received a knee injury in June which ruled him out for eight weeks.[8]

Honours[edit]

Dromd Pearses/South Kerry[edit]

Kerry[edit]

Schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Kerry and Fitzie end the wait". Irish Examiner. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ "South Kerry retain title". Irish Times. 2005-11-14. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  3. ^ "South Kerry land historic three-in-a-row". Irish Examiner. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Rangers end South’s dominance". The Kingdom. 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ a b "RTÉ Sport GAA Championship: Football All Stars 2007". Rte.ie. 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  6. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-09". Rte.ie. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  7. ^ 19/10/2007 - 22:22:43 (2007-10-19). "O'Sé brothers create history at All-Stars". BreakingNews.ie. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  8. ^ a b Rustic retreats (2008-06-18). "Six-month ban leaves Galvin's career in tatters - Gaelic Football, Sport". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dara Ó Cinnéide
Kerry Senior Football Captain
2005
Succeeded by
Colm 'Gooch' Cooper
Preceded by
Colm 'Gooch' Cooper
Kerry Senior Football Captain
2006 - 2007
Succeeded by
Paul Galvin
Achievements
Preceded by
Brian Dooher
(Tyrone)
All-Ireland Senior Football
winning captain

2006 - 2007
Succeeded by
Brian Dooher
(Tyrone)