Gary Maguire

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Gary Maguire
Personal information
Irish name Garraí Mag Uidhir
Sport Hurling
Position Goalkeeper
Born (1983-06-26) 26 June 1983 (age 31)
Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Occupation CAD Technician
Club(s)
Years Club
2001- Ballyboden St. Enda's
Club Titles
Dublin titles 6
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
2004- Dublin 36 (0-0)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
NHL 1
All Stars 1

Gary Maguire (born 26 June 1983) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a goalkeeper for the Dublin senior team.[1]

Maguire made his first appearance for the team during the 2004 National League and has been Dublin's first-choice goalkeeper since then. Since then he has won one National Hurling League medal and one All-Star award. Maguire has been a runner-up in two Leinster finals.

At club level Maguire plays with Ballyboden St. Enda's and has won five consecutive county club championship medals.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Maguire began his senior club career as a dual player with Ballyboden St. Enda's, however, he gave up on Gaelic football to concentrate on his hurling career.

After facing some heart-breaking one-point defeats in a number of championship deciders, Ballyboden St. Enda's reached the county final once again in 2007. A 2-13 to 1-5 trouncing of St. Vincent's gave Ballyboden their first ever championship. It was a first championship medal for Maguire. Ballyboden St. Enda's went on to dominate club hurling in Dublin for the rest of the decade. Subsequent county final defeats of Kilmacud Crokes, Craobh Chiaráin, St. Vincent's again and O'Toole's gave Ballyboden a record-equaling five championship titles in-a-row.[2][3][4] Maguire played a key role in goal in all of these victories, including being named Dublin Hurler of the Year in 2010.[5]

Inter-county[edit]

Maguire first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as goalkeeper on the Dublin minor hurling team in 2000. He spent two seasons with the minors and enjoyed little success, having ended up on the losing side to Offaly in the 2000 Leinster final.

After later joining the Dublin under-21 team, Maguire featured when the team lost back-to-back provincial deciders in 2002 and 2003.

Maguire was still a member of the Dublin under-21 team when he made his senior debut in a National Hurling League game against Kilkenny.[6] He made his championship debut later that same year in a Leinster quarter-final against Westmeath.

His first few championship seasons saw Dublin face some narrow losses in the provincial series of games, however, in 2009 Maguire's side qualified for a first Leinster final in eighteen years. A 2-18 to 0-18 score line gave victory to Kilkenny.[7]

After a disappointing championship in 2010, 'the Dubs' qualified for the National League final in 2011, their first decider in over seventy years. An epic 0-22 to 1-7 defeat of Kilkenny gave Maguire a coveted National League winners' medal.[8] Both sides met again in the Leinster final that day, however, the result was reversed on this occasion. A 4-17 to 1-15 score line gave victory to 'the Cats'.[9] In spite of this defeat Dublin remained in the championship and reached an All-Ireland semi-final against reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary. Maguire's side gave Tipp an almighty scare, however, the champions narrowly won by 1-19 to 0-18.[10] Maguire finished off the season by winning his very first All-Star award.[11]

Inter-provincial[edit]

Maguire has also been picked for the Leinster inter-provincial hurling team for the Railway Cup competition.

Honours[edit]

  • 6 Dublin Senior Championship 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2013
  • 1 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2013
  • 1 All-Star 2011
  • 1 National Hurling League Division 1 2011
  • 1 National Hurling League Division 1B 2013
  • 1 National Hurling League Division 2 2006
  • 1 Railway Cup 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile: Gary Maguire". Hurling statistics website. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ballyboden St Enda's secure another Dublin SHC success". Irish Examiner. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Keane, Paul (1 November 2010). "Depleted Ballyboden romp to historic four in-a-row". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Mac Lochlainn, Rónán (31 October 2011). "Brilliant Ballyboden bag five-in-a-row". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dublin awards for Kavanagh and Maguire". Hogan Stand website. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gary's debut". Ballyboden St. Enda's website. 28 March 2004. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18". RTÉ Sport. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Moran, Seán (2 May 2011). "Landslide win and landmark title for dauntless Dublin". Irish Times. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15". RTÉ Sport. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18". RTÉ Sport. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Shefflin named All Star for 10th time". RTÉ Sport. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011.