Offaly GAA

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For more details of Offaly GAA see Offaly Senior Football Championship or Offaly Senior Hurling Championship.
Offaly GAA
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Irish: Uíbh Fhailí
Province: Leinster
Nickname(s): The Faithful County
County colours: White, green and gold
Ground(s): O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Dominant sport: Dual county
Competitions
NFL: Division 4
NHL: Division 1B
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Liam McCarthy Cup
Standard kit

The Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Uíbh Fhailí) or Offaly GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Offaly. Separate county boards are also responsible for the Offaly inter-county teams.

Hurling[edit]

After a scheme developed by the Gaelic Athletic Association in the 1970s to encourage the playing of hurling in non-traditional counties, Offaly was one of the first teams to benefit from such a scheme. As a result the county won six Leinster titles in the 1980s, as well as their first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1981 and 1985.

The county has since gone on to win three other All-Irelands. Perhaps Offaly's most famous win came in the All-Ireland Final of 1994 in what has come to be remembered as the "five minute final." Limerick looked set to win their first All-Ireland title since 1973 until Offaly staged one of the greatest comebacks of all time, scoring two goals and five points in the last five minutes. They defeated Limerick by 3-16 to 2-13. The Vocational Schools team has made it to 12 All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship finals but have never won one.

Honours[edit]

Current hurling squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 James Dempsey Goalkeeper Kinnitty
2 Niall Wynne Right Corner Back St. Rynagh's
3 Rory Hanniffy Full Back Birr
4 James Rigney Left Corner Back Kinnitty
5 Barry Harding Right Half Back Birr
6 Derek Morkan Centre Back Shinrone
7 Cathal Parlon Left Half Back Coolderry
8 Conor Mahon Midfield Kilcormac-Killoughey
9 Seán Ryan Midfield Birr
10 Joe Bergin Right Half Forward Seir Kieran
11 Dan Currams Centre Forward Kilcormac-Killoughey
12 Peter Geraghty Left Half Forward Kilcormac-Killoughey
13 Kevin Connolly Right Corner Forward Coolderry
14 Shane Dooley Full Forward Tullamore
15 Brian Carroll Left Corner Forward Coolderry
No. Player Position Club
16 Conor Slevin Substitute Kilcormac/Killoughey
17 Sean Gardiner Substitute Lusmagh
18 Thomas Carroll Substitute Seir Kieran
19 Colin Egan Substitute Belmont
20 Pat Camon Substitute St. Rynagh's
21 James Mulrooney Substitute Seir Kieran
22 Paul Cleary Substitute Birr
23 Seán Cleary Substitute Shinrone
24 Thomas Bolger Substitute Birr
25 Colm Coughlan Substitute Kinnitty
26 Damien Kilmartin Substitute Kilcormac/Killoughey

Squad as per Offaly vs Kilkenny, Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final, 7 June 2014

Gaelic football[edit]

Gaelic football is the weaker of the two sports played in Offaly. Perhaps the most famous moment in Gaelic football history came in the 1982 All-Ireland Final when Offaly played Kerry. The match was a repeat of the previous year's final, however, not only that but a win for Kerry would give them an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland Final victory in a row. Kerry were winning by two points with two minutes to go when Séamus Darby came on as a substitute and scored one of the most famous goals in Gaelic football of all time. Kerry fumbled the counterattack which allowed Offaly to win by one single point with a score of 1-15 to 0-17. The Offaly Vocational Schools Team have made it to 6 All Ireland finals but lost all 6 including the first final when they were beating by the Cork City team in 1961

Honours[edit]

Current football squad[edit]

  • Manager: Emmett McDonald
No. Player Position Club
1 Alan Mulhall Goalkeeper Walsh Island
2 Daithí Brady Right Corner Back Ballyfore
3 David Hanlon Full Back Edenderry
4 Niall Darby Left Corner Back Rhode
5 Brian Darby Right Half Back Rhode
6 Johnny Moloney Centre Back Tullamore
7 Michael Brazil Left Half Back Tullamore
8 Ruairi Allen Midfield Gracefield
9 Niall Smith Midfield Gracefield
10 Eoin Carroll Right Half Forward Cappincur
11 Graham Guilfoyle Centre Forward Clara
12 Anton Sullivan Left Half Forward Rhode
13 Joe Maher Right Corner Forward Ferbane
14 Niall McNamee Full Forward Rhode
15 Peter Cunningham Left Corner Forward Bracknagh's

Squad as per Offaly vs Longford 2014 Leinster Senior Football Championship Preliminary Round on 18 May 2014

Camogie[edit]

Nine Offaly camogie clubs were organised in the 1930s and Offaly entered the Leinster championships of 1935 and 1936, but the game declined amid the Camogie Association disputes of the 1940s and had to be revived by Clare-born Mary O’Brien in 1973, and a county board re-formed in 1979. Offaly won their first major national titles in 2002 when they won the second division of the National Camogie League [1] and in 2009 when they defeated Waterford in the All Ireland junior final.[2] Drumcullen reached the final of the All Ireland club junior championship in 2003.[3] Kinnity owon the Division 3 shield at Féile na nGael in 1997, Drumcullen won the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 1997.

Notable players include soaring star award winners[4] Karen Brady, Elaine Dermody, Audrey Kennedy, Michaela Morkan, Fiona Stephens, and Arlene Watkins. Miriam O’Callaghan served as president of the Camogie Association).

Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[5] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2002 Div 2 Offaly 3-18 Laois 2-6 report in Irish Independent
  2. ^ 2009 Offaly 3-14 Waterford 2-8 report in Irish Times Independent, and Munster GAA
  3. ^ 2003 Junior Crossmaglen 2-5 Drumcullen 0-6 report in Irish Independent
  4. ^ All-stars on camogie.ie
  5. ^ Irish Independent March 29 2010: Final goal for camogie
  6. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site

Bibliography[edit]

  • Official History Of Offaly GAA by P J Cunningham and Ricey Scully (1984)
  • Ballycumber GAA 1890-1984 edited by Eddie Cunningham
  • Tullamore GAA Club History by John Clarke (1984)

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