Tyrone GAA

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Tyrone GAA
Irish: Tír Eoghain
Province: Ulster
Nickname(s): The O'Neill County
The Red hands
County colours:          
Ground(s): Healy Park, Omagh
Dominant sport: Gaelic football
NFL: Division 1
NHL: Division 3B
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Nicky Rackard Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: Nancy Murray Cup
Standard kit

The Tyrone County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Tír Eoghain) or Tyrone GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tyrone. The county board is also responsible for the Tyrone inter-county teams.

Gaelic football[edit]


Tyrone have won three All-Ireland finals, from five appearances. They lost in 1986 and 1995, but won in 2003, 2005 and 2008. They reached the semi final of the 2009 All-Ireland championship but lost out to Cork. Tyrone won their first Ulster Championship in 1956, defending it successfully in 1957. The last time they won was in 2010, that was their thirteenth. They have also won two National Leagues, in 2002, and 2003.

Healy Park in Omagh is the home grounds of Tyrone GAA

Tyrone exited the 2006 Football Championship after a poor display against Laois, on a wet Saturday night in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.[1] and followed this up with a poor showing in the 2007 National Football League. However the team bounced back by winning the 2007 Ulster Senior Football Championship at Clones in July for the first time since 2003 but then fell to Meath in the All-Ireland Quarter Final. The Tyrone panel had been depleted by injury, with team captain Brian Dooher (shattered kneecap), inspirational play maker Brian McGuigan (damaged eye) and midfielder Colin Holmes ruled out for the season, while other key players, including Stephen O'Neill, Gerard Cavlan, Michael McGee and Conor Gormley, all missing most or all of the 2007 campaign due to injury. The 2008 campaign has once again plagued by injuries although things appear to looking up for the red hands after a rather disappointing league campaign finishing with a mid table position. Things then got worse for Tyrone as they relinquished their Ulster title to Down after a two game thriller in which Down edged them by a point after 160 minutes of football. After two wins in the Football Qualifiers against Louth at Drogheda and Westmeath at Healy Park in Omagh respectively, they faced Mayo in Round 3 on Saturday 2 August in Croke Park for a place in the quarter finals of the Championship. Tyrone went on to defeat Mayo on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-9 meaning Tyrone earned a place in the quarter finals (last 8) of the championship, where they faced Leinster champions Dublin. Tyrone made the brighter start to this game with early points from Tommy McGugian and Colm McCullagh, Dublin got back to level terms however Tyrone pulled away with 2 further points the pick from captain Brian Dooher and a goal from Sean Cavanagh gave them a commanding 1-5 to 0-2 lead, a mix up in the Tyrone full back line lead to a soft Connall Keaney goal however Dublin's celebrations were short lived an a beautiful angled ball from Tommy McGuigan gave Joe McMahon a goal opportunity which he took in style to put Tyrone 2-5 to 1-2 up, Dublin scored another point before half-time to leave them trailing by 5 at the break. On the restart Tyrone added 2 points with McCullagh and Dooher the scorers. A brief Dublin revival followed with back to back points, But Tyrone raced up the field with Colin Holmes giving the ball McCullagh who the picked out the running half back David Harte and he made no mistake with the finish giving Tyrone a 3rd goal an ending the game as a contest. Harte, Cavanagh and Dooher added points but Dublin looked like a beat team with 20 minutes to go. While no Tyrone player had a bad game the GAA man of the match award went to Brian Dooher who scored 3 points and also set up vital plays bringing the ball out of defense. Tyrone then faced Wexford for a place in the senior football final but earlier in the day it was the Tyrone minors who booked their place in the final with a complete football performance, and eased past Meath on a scoreline of 1-21 to 2-7. They face Mayo in the final. The seniors then always looked comfortable in their meeting with Wexford. And after racking up an 8 point lead at half-time they went through pretty comfortably with 6 points to spare, However Wexford did cause problems during 10 minutes of the second half to bring the gap down to two points, then scores from Phillip Jordan, Colm McCullagh and Ryan McMenamin made sure that Tyrone would set up a September 21 date with All Ireland champions Kerry (who beat Cork earlier in the day 3-14 to 2-13). Tyrone's Colm McCullagh was named the GAA Man of the match after setting up and indeed taking crucial scores at the right times. Since then, Tyrone have gone downhill a lot, and were defeated in Killarney by Kerry in the 2012 All Ireland Championship.

In a thrilling All-Ireland Final Tyrone defeated Kerry 1-15 to 0-14 to win the Sam Maguire Cup for the third time. Sean Cavanagh was man of the match with a personal tally of 0-5 and Tommy McGuigan also weighed in with a crucial 1-1. This was though a success on team spirit and hard work.

A week later the Tyrone Minor team defeated Mayo 1-20 to 1-15 in a replay to win the Thomas Markham Cup. Thus Tyrone became the first county since Kerry in 1980 to win All-Ireland Senior and Minor titles in the same year, and the first Ulster county ever to achieve this landmark.

Peter Canavan[edit]

A house in Strabane showing support before 2008 All-Ireland final. Tyrone has a large support around the county.

Peter Canavan played inter-county football for Tyrone, and is one of the most decorated players in the game's history, winning two All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, six All Stars Awards (more than any other Ulster player, and joint third overall),[6] four provincial titles, and two National Leagues and several under-age and club championship medals. He represented Ireland in the International Rules Series on several occasions from 1998 until 2000.[7] He is considered one of the great players of the last twenty years by commentators such as John Haughey of the BBC,[8][9] and in 2009, he was named in the Sunday Tribune's list of the 125 Most Influential People In GAA History.[10]


Current football squad[edit]

  • Manager: Mickey Harte
  • Assistant Manager: Tony Donnelly
  • Coach: Fergal McCann
  • Coach: Gavin "Horse" Devlin
No. Player Position Club
Niall Morgan Goalkeeper Edendork St. Malachy's
PJ Quinn Corner Back Moortown St. Malachy's GAC
Conor Clarke Full Back Omagh St. Enda's
Cathal McCarron Corner Back Dromore St. Dympna's
Justin McMahon Full Back Omagh St. Enda's
Joe McMahon Centre Back Omagh St. Enda's
Conor Gormley Half Back Carrickmore Colmcille's
Colm Cavanagh Midfield Moy Tír Na nÓg
Seán Cavanagh Midfield Moy Tír Na nÓg
Matthew Donnelly Half Back Trillick St. Macartan's
Peter Harte Centre Back Errigal Ciarán
Mark Donnelly Half Forward Carrickmore Colmcille's
Martin Penrose Corner Forward Carrickmore Colmcille's
Stephen O'Neill Full Forward Clan na nGael
Conor McAliskey Corner Forward Clonoe O'Rahilly's
Ciaran McGinley Corner Back Errigal Ciarán
Danny McBride Centre Back Strabane Sigersons
Tiarnan McCann Half Forward Killyclogher
Dean McNally Half Back Killdress
Rónan McNabb Half Back Dromore St. Dympna's
Ryan Pickering Half Back Cookstown, Fr.Rocks
Stephen McNulty Half Back Clonoe O'Rahilly's
Danny McNulty Full Forward Clonoe O'Rahilly's
P.J. Lavery Half Forward Clonoe O'Rahilly's
Patrick Quinn Full Back Dungannon
Hugh Gallagher Half Forward Omagh St. Enda's
Kevin Campbell Corner Forward Derrytresk
No. Player Position Club
Mickey O'Neill Goalkeeper Clonoe O'Rahilly's
Dermot Carlin Corner Back Killyclogher St. Mary's
Aidan Cassidy Midfield Augher St. Macartan's
Kyle Coney Corner Forward Ardboe O'Donovan Rossa
Kevin Gallagher Half Forward Newtownstewart St. Eugene's
Jonathan Lafferty Corner Forward Urney St. Columba's
Plunkett Kane Midfield Coalisland Na Fianna
Aidan McCrory Corner Back Errigal Ciarán
Paddy McNeice Half Forward Coalisland Na Fianna
Seán Warnock Half Back St Patrick's, Greencastle
Rónan McNamee Half Back Aghyaran St. Davog's
Séan Fox Goalkeeper Cappagh
Rónan O'Neill Corner Forward Omagh St. Enda's
Barry Tierney Corner Back Omagh St. Enda's
Ryan McKenna Half Back Eglish
Emmet McKenna Half forward Eglish
Peter Hughes Centre Forward Eskra
Niall McKenna Midfield Donaghmore St. Patrick's
Shay McGuigan Centre Forward Ardboe O'Donovan Rossa
Rory McDonagh Centre Forward Tattyreagh St. Patricks
Tommy McGuigan Corner Forward Ardboe O'Donovan Rossa
Cónan Grugan Centre Forward Omagh St. Enda's
Darren McCurry Corner Forward Edendork St. Malachy's


All Stars[edit]

Tyrone have 40 All Stars.

Player 1980 1984 1986 1989 1994 1995 1996 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2008 2009 2010 2013
Kevin McCabe Green tickY
Eugene McKenna Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Frank McGuigan Green tickY
John Lynch Green tickY
Plunkett Donaghy Green tickY
Damien O'Hagan Green tickY
Peter Canavan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Fay Devlin Green tickY
Finbar McConnell Green tickY
Stephen O'Neill Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Cormac McAnallen Green tickY
Conor Gormley Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Philip Jordan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Sean Cavanagh Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Brian Dooher Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Brian McGuigan Green tickY
Ryan McMenamin Green tickY
Eoin Mulligan Green tickY
Justin McMahon Green tickY
Davy Harte Green tickY
Enda McGinley Green tickY


Gerry Goodwin of Tyrone won the 1982 All-Ireland Poc Fada Championship.



High point of the Tyrone camogie story was the run of Eglish to the 1991 All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship final. Led by the Jordan sisters they pulled off two of the shocks of the century in defeating Loughgiel in the Ulster final by 3-7 to 2-4 and then defeating Celtic of Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final, but lost the final heavily against Mullagh from Galway

Tyrone qualified for the All Ireland junior final of 1980 against Cork, defeating Armagh, Antrim and Louth in their path to the final. Ursula Jordan was the outstanding player of the era and in the history of camogie in the county, and was selected for Ulster’s Gael Linn Cup inter-provincial team. Ann Jordan, Sheila Burke and Paula Vallely were other notable players from the 1980s. Vera Campbell refereed the All Ireland senior finals of 1939, 1940 and 1943.

Tyrone won the Máire Ní Chinnéide Cup in 2008[4] and the fourth division of the National Camogie League in 2010.[5]

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[6] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.teamtalkmag.com/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=12&newsdesk_id=493
  2. ^ Peter Canavan
  3. ^ Hoganstand.com - Profile
  4. ^ 2008 Jun B Tyrone 4-11 Wicklow 0-3 on Camogie.ie
  5. ^ 2010 Div 4 Tyrone 3-12 Westmeath 1-9 report in Westmeath Examiner
  6. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  7. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site

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