|Irish name||Ailéin Ó Cuirc|
19 October 1976 |
Innishannon, County Cork
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|* Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 6 June 2011.|
Alan Quirke (born 19 October 1976 in Innishannon, County Cork, Ireland) is an Irish sportsperson. He plays Gaelic football with his local club Valley Rovers and had been a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1999 to 2013.
Quirke plays Gaelic football with his local club Valley Rovers and has enjoyed much success with the great club although he never went to training. It was with UCC, however, that he tasted his first major success on the football field. In 1999 Quirke was the goalkeeper on the university's senior football team. That year UCC qualified for the county championship final. Footballing kingpins Nemo Rangers provided the opposition, however, that game ended in a draw. The replay saw UCC prove too strong for Nemo and a merited 1–11 to 1–8 victory gave Quirke a coveted county senior championship winners' medal. UCC later represented the county in the provincial championship and even reached the final. Doonbeg provided the opposition, however, UCC thrashed the Clare champions by 1–17 to 1–7, giving Quirke a Munster club winners' medal. The university's great run of success came to an end with a 2–16 to 3–6 defeat by Crossmaglen Rangers in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Quirke first came to prominence on the football scene as a member of the Cork senior inter-county team in 1999. He made his debut against Donegal in the National Football League and was sub goalkeeper to Kevin O'Dwyer for the subsequent championship. He made his first championship start against Waterford in 2001, however, he was still regarded as Cork's second choice 'keeper.
In 2002 Quirke was sprung from the bench in the replay of the Munster final. On that occasion Cork defeated Tipperary by 1–23 to 0–7, giving him his first Munster winners' medal on the field of play.
By 2005 Quirke was still sub goalkeeper when he joined the Cork junior football team. It was a successful year as he collected a Munster title in this grade following a 2–13 to 0–8 drubbing of Kerry. Cork later qualified for the All-Ireland final with Meath providing the opposition. A close game developed, however, Cork were the eventual winners by 0–10 to 1–4. This well-merited victory gave Quirke a coveted All-Ireland winners' medal in the junior grade.
Quirke's performances for the Cork junior footballers brought his to the attention of the senior selectors. In 2006 he was picked to become the first-choice goalkeeper on the Cork senior team. After a draw and a replay with Kerry, he added a second Munster winners' medal to his collection. Both sides met again in the subsequent All-Ireland semi-final, a game which saw Kerry win by 0-16 to 0-10.
In 2007 Quirke dislocated his shoulder in the first round of the championship and missed the Munster final defeat by Kerry. Cork later did well in the All-Ireland series, with Quirke recovering and reclaiming his position as goalkeeper, and qualified for the All-Ireland championship decider against Kerry. While the first-half was played on an even keel, 'the Kingdom' ran riot in the second-half and a rout ensued. At the full-time whistle Cork were trounced by 3–13 to 1–9.
In 2008 Cork gained revenge on Kerry when the sides met again in that year's Munster final. Kerry were cruising by eight points at the interval, however, Cork stormed back in the second-half. Kerry could only muster three points as Cork secured a remarkable 1–16 to 1–11 victory. It was Quirke's third Munster winners' medal. Both sides met again in the All-Ireland semi-final, however, after a thrilling draw and a replay Kerry were the team that advanced to the championship decider.
In 2009 Cork began the season well by claiming the National League Division 2 title. Quirke's side later qualified for the Munster final where Limerick provided the opposition. Cork were the red-hot favourites going into the game, however, they wer elucky to secure a narrow 2–6 to 0–11 victory. It was Quirke's fourth Munster title on the field of play. Cork later faced Kerry in the All-Ireland final and were surprisingly named as favourites. This tag appeared to be justified when 'the Rebels' led by 1-3 to 0-1 early in the opening half. The Kerry team stuck to their gameplan, helped in no small part by a Cork side that recorded fourteen wides. At the final whistle Kerry were the champions again by 0-16 to 1-9.
In 2010 Cork were still seen as possible All-Ireland contenders. A defeat by Kerry in a replay of the provincial semi-final resulted in Quirke's side being exiled to the All-Ireland qualifiers. After negotiating their way through a difficult series of games, Cork defeated Dublin to qualify for their third All-Ireland final in four years. Down provided the opposition on that occasion in the first meeting between these two teams since 1994. Cork got off to a lightning start, however, they eased off and trailed by three points at the interval. Cork went ahead again in the fiftieth minute before stretching the lead to three points. At the full-time whistle Cork were the champions by 0-16 to 0-15 and Quirke picked up a coveted All-Ireland winners' medal. In November 2013 Quirke announced his retirement from Inter-County football.
Quirke has also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial series of games. He was goalkeeper on the Munster team in 2007 and, in spite of recahing the final, Ulster triumphed on that occasion.
In 2006 Quirke was picked for duty with the Ireland international rules football team. He was the only goalkeeper on the panel and played both tests as Ireland were trounced by Australia.
- Munster Senior Club Football Championship:
- Winner (1): 1999
- Cork Senior Football Championship:
- Winner (1): 1999
- Cork Intermediate Football Championship:
- Winner (1): 2008
- All-Ireland Senior Football Championship:
- Munster Senior Football Championship:
- Winner (6): 1999 (sub), 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
- Runner-up (4): 2001, (sub), 2005 (sub), 2007 (sub),2011
- National Football League:
- Winner (4): 1999 2010 2011 2012
- All-Ireland Junior Football Championship:
- Winner (1): 2005
- Munster Junior Football Championship:
- Winner (1): 2005
- Railway Cup:
- Winner (0):
- Runner-up (1): 2007
- International Rules:
- Winner (0):
- Runner-up (1): 2006 (sub)
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