Seán O'Neill

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This article is about the Gaelic footballer. For the Irish hurler, see Seán O'Neill (hurler).
Seán O'Neill
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Néill
Sport Gaelic football
Position Left wing-forward
Born Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Club(s)
Years Club
1950s-1970s John Mitchel
Club Titles
Down titles 4
Ulster titles 0
All-Ireland Titles 0
College titles
Sigerson titles 2
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
1959-1975 Down 17–125
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 8
All Irelands 3
NFL 3
All Stars 6

Seán O'Neill (born 1938, Newry) is a former Northern Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club John Mitchel and was a member of the Down senior inter-county team from the 1950s until the 1960s. O'Neill is one of only four Down players to win three All-Ireland titles. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.

Career[edit]

O'Neill (back row; fifth from left) with the 1958 Queens University Belfast Sigerson Cup winning side

O'Neill is regarded as one of Gaelic football's outstanding forwards, scoring 85 goals and over 500 points for Down senior football team, and was a major figure in the county’s All-Ireland victories of 1960, 1961 and 1968. O'Neill's credits include eight Ulster senior football medals and eight Railway Cup medals in 1960, 1963 to 1966, 1968, 1970 and 1971. He won three National League medals, in 1960, 1962 and 1968, as well as six All Star awards.[1][2] Other honours include a Sigerson Cup medal with the Queen's University of Belfast in 1958, whom he later coached to further wins. He played club football with John Mitchel GFC Newry, winning the Down Senior Football Championship in 1960, 1964, 1967 and 1968. He also won the Down Minor Championship with Newry Mitchels in 1956 - the year the club was formed. His brother Kevin won an all Ireland with down in the 1960s.

Along with Joe Lennon, Dan McCartan and Paddy Doherty he was one of four Down men who won all three All-Ireland medals in the 1960s.[3]

Later life[edit]

O'Neill was the Down minor team coach, winning the 1977 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.[4]

Sean coached the Queen's University Belfast senior team in the early 1980s. As coach, he won the Sigerson Cup in 1982 and the Ryan Cup in 1984 and 1985.

In 1984, the Gaelic Athletic Association centenary year he was honoured by being named on their Football Team of the Century. In 2000 he was again honoured by the GAA by being named on their Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium.

O'Neill is a solicitor by profession.

Honours[edit]

  • Railway Cup (8) 1960 1963 1964 1965 1966 1968 1970 1971

Manager

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