Damien O'Reilly

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Damien O'Reilly
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Centre Back
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
County Cavan
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Years Club
Years County
1984-1998 Cavan
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 1

Damien O'Reilly was a former Gaelic footballer for Cavan.[1]

Playing career[edit]

O’Reilly was a versatile footballer, he could play in defence or as a forward. He helped Cavan reach the All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship final in 1988, but they were defeated by Offaly. In 1989 Cavan had a great run in the National Football League claiming the Div. 2 title and reaching the semi final, only to lose narrowly to Dublin in Croke Park. In the same year he won a Dr. McKenna Cup medal when Cavan defeated Derry in the Final. He was a member of the Cavan squad that lost out in the Ulster Final in 1996. But, in 1997, O’Reilly set up Jason Reilly to score the winning goal and helped Cavan claim their first Ulster Senior Football Championship title in 28 years, beating Derry in Clones.[2][3][4]

He is perhaps best remembered for scoring an equalizing hooked point for Cavan in 1992 against Donegal.[5]



  1. ^ GAA profile[dead link]
  2. ^ "Cavan Player List". 11 February 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "O'Reilly, Damien". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ 1997 Ulster Final on YouTube Archived May 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Damien O'Reilly (Cavan) - Brilliant Hooked Point v Donegal 1992 Ulster SFC". youtube.com. YouTube. Retrieved 9 March 2015.