Bertie Troy

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Canon Bertie Troy
Personal information
Sport Hurling
Born 1930
Newtownshandrum, County Cork
Died (2007-01-28)28 January 2007
Occupation Priest
Inter-county management

Years County
1975–1980 Cork
Inter-county titles

County League Province All-Ireland
Cork 1 5 3

Bartholomew J. Troy (1930 – 28 January 2007), known as Father Bertie Troy and later as Canon Bertie Troy, was a Roman Catholic priest and an All-Ireland Hurling Final winning manager with Cork.

Troy was born in Newtownshandrum, County Cork in 1930, the son of Ellen (née Flannery) and Richard Troy, He was educated and the local national school and later at St. Colman’s College in Fermoy. While he studied here Troy became involved in Gaelic games, particularly the college hurling team. He was a member of the college team that won their first Dr. Harty Cup title in 1948. Troy later studied for the priesthood in Maynooth and was ordained for the Diocese of Cloyne in 1955 by Archbishop McQuaid in Dublin.[1] Following his ordination he served in England for a year before returning to Ireland to serve as a priest in the parishes of Carrigtwohill, Ballycotton and Kanturk. He also worked as a teacher in St. Colman’s College for twenty-five years.[2] Troy later served as parish priest in Midleton between 1991 and his retirement in 2005.

Managerial career[edit]

Troy was also hugely involved as a selector and a coach with a range of Cork hurling teams at all levels. In the mid-1960s he became involved with the Cork minor hurling side. He coached the team to win six Munster titles in-a-row between 1966 and 1971. These provincial wins were converted into four All-Ireland titles in the same period. During the same period Troy was hugely involved with Cork’s under-21 hurlers. He guided them to a record four Munster and four All-Ireland titles in-a-row between 1968 and 1971. Many of the players that he coached at these levels went on to form the backbone of the Cork senior team in the mid-1970s.


In 1975 Troy was joint-coach of the senior hurling team with Justin McCarthy, before being appointed coach/manager in his own right the following year. In this capacity he steered the team to a record five Munster titles in-a-row. These were converted into a remarkable three All-Ireland titles in-a-row in 1976, 1977 and 1978, thus making Troy one of the most successful managers of the modern era.[3]

In retirement from coaching he maintained a keen interest in Cork’s hurling fortunes. Canon Bertie Troy died on January 28, 2007.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cork Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
Gerald McCarthy
Preceded by
Fr. Tommy Maher
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final
winning manager

1976 - 1978
Succeeded by
Pat Henderson/Eddie Keher


  1. ^ Monsignor Celebrates 50 years of service The Corkman, June 9, 2005.
  2. ^ Fr Bertie a giant on and off the pitch By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Irish Examiner, Tuesday, January 30, 2007.
  3. ^ The Late Canon Troy HoganStand, 30 January 2007.