John Devine (Gaelic footballer)

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John Devine
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Daimhín
Sport Gaelic football
Position Goalkeeper
Born (1983-06-13) 13 June 1983 (age 31)
Height 3.65 m (12 ft 0 in)
Occupation Teacher
Years Club
Errigal Ciarán
Years County
2002-2013 Tyrone
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 4
All-Irelands 3
All Stars 0

John Devine is a Gaelic football goalkeeper. For many years a player with the Tyrone team he was in competition for the position with Pascal McConnell and Niall Morgan, but all three players maintained a good relationship.

Playing career[edit]


Devine represents the Errigal Ciarán club.[1]


After winning the 2001 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship with Tyrone, Devine made his debut for the senior team in 2002.[1] He was the goalkeeper for Tyrone in their first All-Ireland-winning year, but was the substitute goalie when Tyrone repeated the feat in 2005.[2]

He was due to start the 2008 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final on 21 September; however the night before the game his father died.[3] The Tyrone team went on to win their third All-Ireland of the decade, and dedicated the win to their absent goalkeeper, having worn black armbands throughout the match.[4]

Devine announced his retirement from inter-county football in March 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "John Devine retires from inter-county football with Tyrone". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tyrone are 2005 All-Ireland senior football champions". Hogan Stand. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2005. 
  3. ^ "Kerry v Tyrone (21 Sept)". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 September 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2008. 
  4. ^ Rutherford, Adrian (24 September 2008). "Tyrone heroes at funeral of team mate's dad". The Belfast Telegraph (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 24 September 2008.