Seán Boylan

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Seán Boylan
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Baíolláin
Sport Gaelic football
Born (1949-03-29) 29 March 1949 (age 66)
Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland
Nickname The Boiler
Club management
Years Club
0 None
Inter-county management
Years County
1982 - 2005 Meath
Inter-county titles
County League Province All-Ireland
Meath 3 8 4

Seán Boylan is a former football manager from Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. He retired from his position as manager of the Meath GAA Senior Football team on the evening of 31 August 2005 after twenty-three years in charge. During his time with Meath, he managed the team to four All-Ireland Senior Football Championships (1987, 1988, 1996, 1999), three National Football League titles, and eight Leinster Senior Football Championships.

In recognition of his services to Meath GAA and his services to Meath as a county, Boylan was conferred as Freeman of the County of Meath - the first (and only) person ever to be bestowed with the title - on 23 April 2006. He was entered into the GAA Hall of Fame for his services to Meath football at a ceremony after Meath's Leinster Minor Football Championship victory over Offaly in Croke Park on 16 July 2006.

Family and background[edit]

Boylan's late father, also called Seán, was a leader of the Irish independence movement in the early twentieth century, being a prominent member of the IRA in Co. Meath during the Irish War of Independence.

Like another Meath football icon, Colm O'Rourke, Boylan has strong Leitrim connections as his late mother hailed from near the small village of Cloone near Mohill.

Managerial Roll of Honour with Meath[edit]

  • 1983 - O'Byrne Cup
  • 1984 - Centenary Cup
  • 1986 - Leinster SFC
  • 1987 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC
  • 1988 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC, NFL
  • 1990 - Leinster SFC, NFL
  • 1991 - Leinster SFC
  • 1994 - NFL
  • 1996 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC
  • 1999 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC
  • 2001 - Leinster SFC
  • 2006 - Leinster MFC

International rules football[edit]

Boylan coached the Ireland team against Australia in the 2006 International Rules Series in two games in Pearse Stadium, Salthill, Galway and Croke Park, Dublin in October 2006. Australia won the series by 30 points but the game was overshadowed by violent incidents in the first quarter of the second test match, including a serious injury sustained by Graham Geraghty. He also admitted that he brought his players off at the end of the first quarter in protest and did not want them to return, later saying "I said I'd do it. Only the players themselves changed my mind. They said they wanted to go out and give it a go, they wanted to play football."

Boylan coached the international side again in 2008. Ireland won on an aggregate score of 102-97.

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Gaelic games
Preceded by
Mick O'Brien[disambiguation needed]
Meath Senior Football Manager
1982 - 2005
Succeeded by
Eamonn Barry