Graham Geraghty

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Graham Geraghty
Personal information
Irish name Graham Mag Oireachtaigh
Sport Gaelic football
Position Forward
Born (1973-05-17) 17 May 1973 (age 41)
Drogheda, Louth
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Club(s)
Years Club
Clann na nGael
Seneschalstown
Club Titles
Meath titles 2 (1 Seneschalstown
1 Clann na nGael)
Leinster titles 1 (2007 Clann na nGael)
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
1991-2008
2011-2012
Meath
Meath
(15-82)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 3
All Irelands 2
NFL 2 (1 Division 2)
All Stars 2
* Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 17:31, 4 August 2007 (UTC).

Graham Geraghty (born 17 May 1973), is a former Gaelic football player for the Meath senior football team. While still an inter-county player, he stood for the Fine Gael political party at the Irish general election, 2007; he was not elected.

Playing career[edit]

Geraghty achieved numerous honours during his playing career with the Meath football team. He received GAA All Stars Awards in 1994 and 1999. He won three Leinster Senior Football Championship medals with Meath in 1996, 1999 and 2001. He won his first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1996, and his second in 1999, when he captained the team. He also won a minor All Ireland in 1990 and an Under 21 All Ireland in 1993.

Geraghty represented his country against Australia in the International Rules Series in 1999, 2000 and 2006.

Geraghty has also won an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship in 1990 and an All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship in 1993. He has been named as the Meath Player of the Year on two occasions in 1999 and more recently in 2006. Geraghty won the Martin Donnelly Cup on four occasions with Leinster.

At club level, Graham won the Meath Senior Football Championship with Seneschalstown in 1994. He has also won the Meath Under-21 Championship with Seneschalstown in 1992.

Although his greatest achievements have come in football, he is a versatile athlete, with various honours in the fields of athletics, soccer (having traveled to London for trials with British club Arsenal F.C. as a teenager, and signing for Bohemians in September 1994,[1] he also played for Drogheda United reserves in the 1996-97 League of Ireland season), and rugby (playing for much of his adult life with Irish side Buccaneers).[2]

In late 2003, he published his autobiography, titled Misunderstood, which documents his childhood, adolescence, and sporting career up until the early years of the 21st century.

In 2007, Geraghty helped Meath back to the top and scored a magnificent goal against Tyrone to help earn the team a place in the semifinal.

On 23 July 2008, Geraghty retired following Meath's exit from the 2008 Championship at the hands of Limerick. On 20 May 2011, just three days after his 38th birthday, Geraghty returned to the Meath panel after a three-year absence.[3][4][5][6] He came on as a substitute in Meath's first game of the Championship against Kildare at Croke Park, scoring a goal which was wrongly disallowed as a square ball.[7] In 2012, Geraghty announced his second retirement from inter-county football and became a selector.[8]

In December 2013, Geraghty confirmed that he will play Sigerson Cup football for Blanchardstown IT in 2014 as he is enrolled in a Social and Community Development course at the college.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club
Meath
Leinster
Ireland
Individual

Political career[edit]

In 2006, Geraghty was selected by the right-leaning Fine Gael political party to contest the general election of 2007 in his home constituency of Meath West.[10] However, he performed poorly in the election, obtaining only 1,284 first preference votes - the lowest of the three Fine Gael candidates standing - and was eliminated from the race after the fourth count.[11]

Acting career[edit]

Geraghty appeared in acclaimed 1998 Irish kung fu movie Fatal Deviation opposite Boyzone's Mikey Graham. He had no lines.

Personal life[edit]

Geraghty is married to Amanda and they have three children, Sophia, Lauren and Brandon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1994/0917/Pg015.html#Ar01511:8D4C7690BC8E |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ "Graham Geraghty: The timeline of a life less ordinary". Irish Independent. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shock return for Geraghty". Irish Independent. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Graham Geraghty returns to Meath panel". RTÉ Sport. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  5. ^ O'Riordan, Ian (2011-05-20). "Geraghty back in Meath squad". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Graham Geraghty returns to Meath panel at aged 38". The Score. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kildare 0-16 Meath 0-10". RTÉ Sport. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "End of the road admits Geraghty as Meath plan without former talisman". The Score. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ageless Geraghty to finally grace Sigerson stage". Irish Independent. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ [2][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ray Silke
(Galway)
All-Ireland Senior Football
winning captain

1999
Succeeded by
Seamus Moynihan
(Kerry)