Brian Dooher

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Brian Dooher
Brian Dooher - SFC 2005 - c.c 3.0.jpg
Personal information
Irish name Brian Ó Dúichar
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Right Half Forward
Born (1975-08-10) 10 August 1975 (age 42)
Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Occupation Veterinarian
Years Club
Clann na nGael
Years College
1993-1996 UCD
College titles
Sigerson titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
1995-2011 Tyrone 48[1]
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 6 (1996 2001 2003 2007 2009 2010)
All-Irelands 3 (2003 2005 2008)
NFL 2 (2002 2003)
All Stars 3 (2003 2005 2008)

Brian Dooher is an Irish sportsperson from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He was a member of the Tyrone senior Gaelic football team between 1995 and 2011.[2]

He has won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, five Ulster Senior Football Championship and two National League titles with the county. He has also won three All Star Awards, and six Ulster All-Stars - the joint leader with Kieran McGeeney and Steven McDonnell.

Dooher plays his club football for Clann na nGael.

Dooher is renowned for his hardworking playing style,[3] often doing the gritty, unfashionable work, like picking up the ball in defence,[3] to feed the forward players. He is also an accurate point scorer.[3] Although he usually starts in the half-forward line, his roaming nature means he is rarely ever stationed there for very long. His contributions to the game do not go unnoticed by his teammates, as Sean Cavanagh remarked in 2003 how "I wouldn't be able to [play to my strengths] without Brian's workrate." In the same article, the Irish Examiner said, "it would be no exaggeration to call him the hardest working footballer in Ireland."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dooher is a former pupil of Loughash Primary School (co. Tyrone)and St Columb's College in Derry City.[5] He later attended UCD in Dublin. He is a practicing vet in Derry

Playing career[edit]


Dooher made his Senior debut for Tyrone in the National League in 1995 against Kildare. In 1996, his first full year as a Senior, Dooher helped Tyrone win the Ulster Senior Football Championship. Tyrone then advanced to play Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final, but were defeated. Dooher was one of several Tyrone players, along with Ciaran McBride, Jody Gormley, Chris Lawn and Peter Canavan who suffered injuries at the hands of what many Tyrone fans perceived as heavy-handed tactics by Meath.[6][7] Meath defender, Martin O'Connell stood on Dooher's head while he had been felled. During the half-time interval, Dooher had to receive staples in his head, and played the rest of the game heavily bandaged.[8] Despite this, he won the Ulster GAA Writers Player of the Year Award, at the age of just 20.[9]

In 2001 Tyrone won the Ulster Championship, with victory over Cavan in the final. In 2002 Dooher helped Tyrone win the county's first ever National League title, beating Cavan in the final.

Dooher accepts the Sam Maguire Cup for the second timein 2008

2003 proved to Tyrone' most successful year ever. The year began with Tyrone defending their National League crown, seeing off Laois in the decider. They won the Ulster Championship beating Down in the final, after a replay. RTÉ pundit and former player Colm O'Rourke claimed that year Dooher was one of the weak links in the Tyrone team, and that he would "eat his hat" if Tyrone won the All-Ireland with Dooher in the team. Dooher's response was modest, stating that O'Rourke was entitled to his opinion, but that he only cares what the Tyrone manager Mickey Harte thinks.[4] Tyrone did go on to win the All-Ireland (the county's first ever), and Dooher was included in the starting lineup throughout the season. Dooher received an All-Star award for his performances that year.[10]

Following the untimely death of Tyrone captain Cormac McAnallen in 2004, Dooher was handed the Tyrone captaincy. The following year Tyrone won the All-Ireland for a second time, this time with Dooher as captain.[3] As Dooher was making his acceptance speech after lifting the Sam Maguire Cup, he made an emotional eulogy to McAnallen, remarking how he knew Cormac was with him. There was also a hugely emotional moment between Dooher and manager Mickey Harte after the final whistle. Surrounded by dozens of photojournalists, and thousands of Tyrone fans, the two men embraced in tearful remembrance of their fallen captain. Dooher was once again honoured with an All Star.

Dooher missed most of the 2006 campaign because of a shattered kneecap, but returned to Championship action in 2007. He helped Tyrone reach the Ulster final with a man of the match display against Donegal in the semi-final in which he scored 0-05.[11] Tyrone went on to defeat Monaghan in the Ulster decider.

Tyrone faced Kerry again in the 2008 All-Ireland final, with Tyrone again coming out on top. Dooher became one of only a small number of men to captain two All-Ireland winning teams. This followed a season where his commanding performances spurred the team on during their more difficult encounters. In Tyrone's emphatic quarter final victory over Dublin, Dooher was named man of the match.[12] He received a third All Star that year. In September 2011, Dooher retired from Inter-County football after 16 years.[13]

School / college[edit]

Dooher won the Sigerson Cup with University College Dublin in 1996.[14]

International Rules[edit]

Dooher has represented Ireland in the International Rules Series.


Dooher has played for Ulster in the Railway Cup.


Dooher was part of the Tyrone U-21 Management team with Fergal Logan and later Peter Canavan when they won the All-Ireland in 2015, defeating Tipperary in the final.


  1. ^ Bogue, Declan (2008-05-16). "McGrane set for '60'". Gaelic Life. 
  2. ^ "Dooher to stay as Tyrone captain". BBC Sport. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d "cul4kidz profile on Dooher". Cul4kidz website. 2006. Archived from the original on 7 May 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Tyrone's trojan is not a talker, he's a Dooher". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Dooher claims Radio Foyle award". BBC Sport Online. 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ Martin Breheny (2007-08-04). "Return of the Royals". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Tyrone can maintain progress". BBC News. 2002-07-21. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  8. ^ "Trip to Croke Park gives trio chance to bury ghost of '96 - (registration required)". Archived from the original on 10 September 2002. Retrieved 6 March 2007. 
  9. ^ "TENNENTS/UGAAWA MERIT AWARD FOR AUGUST 2003". Archived from the original on 19 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Football All Stars 1971-2007". Archived from the original on 4 February 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2006. 
  11. ^ Colm Keys (2007-06-18). "Harte preaches caution despite emphatic win but heaps praise on dynamic Dooher". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  12. ^ "Dublin 1-08 Tyrone 3-14". RTÉ Sport. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-09-23. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Dooher calls time on Tyrone career". RTÉ Sport. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2011-09-24. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "UCD grad hoists Sam in Tyrone's epic victory over the Kingdom". Retrieved 2007-03-06. 

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Preceded by
Dara Ó Cinnéide
All-Ireland Senior Football
winning captain

Succeeded by
Declan O'Sullivan
Preceded by
Declan O'Sullivan
All-Ireland Senior Football
winning captain

Succeeded by
Darran O'Sullivan