Denis Moran (Gaelic footballer)
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|Irish name||Donncha Ó Moráin|
16 January 1956 |
Ballybunion, County Kerry
|Occupation||Shannon Development regional officer|
Denis 'Ogie' Moran (born 16 January 1956) is a former Irish Gaelic footballer and manager. He played football with his local club Beale, his divisional side Shannon Rangers and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1975 until 1987.
Denis 'Ogie' Moran was born in Ballybunion, County Kerry in 1956. Born into a family that had a keen interest in Gaelic games, Moran's father instilled a love of the games in his son by bringing him to matches every weekend. In 1962 he was only six years-old when he travelled to Croke Park as the mascot to the Kerry team that captured the All-Ireland title.
Moran was educated at the local national school and later boarded at the famous Franciscan College in Gormanston, County Meath. Here his football skills came to the fore and he became a key member of the college senior team that captured three Leinster colleges' titles in-a-row between 1972 and 1974. In 1973, Moran's side reached the final of the All-Ireland series. St. Michael's College from Enniskillen provided the opposition on that occasion and a close game developed. At the end of the hours the Franciscan's had won the day by 1-8 to 1-6 and Moran picked up a coveted All-Ireland colleges' winners' medal.
Moran is now based in Tralee and currently works as a regional officer with Shannon Development. His son, David, followed in 'Ogie's' footsteps and, after playing with the Kerry minor team in 2006, he subsequently joined the senior team.
Moran played his club football and hurling with a host of different clubs throughout the 1970s and 1980s. As a footballer he enjoyed much success with his local club Beale and as a member of the Shannon Rangers divisional side. Moran was also regarded as a hurler of note, lining out with the famous Ballyduff side in the northern part of the county.
As a key member of the Beale senior football team, Moran helped his team to seven North Kerry divisional titles between 1977 and 1989. This included Beale's very first divisional title in 1977, the first of a famous three-in-a-row.
It was with divisional side Shannon Rangers, however, that Moran enjoyed the ultimate success in terms of club football in Kerry. In 1972, he was only sixteen years-old when he was picked for the team. Rangers reached the final of the County Senior Championship that year, with Mid Kerry providing the opposition. A victory on that occasion gave Moran a county winners' medal.
Five years later Moran lined out in his second county final, this time with nearby rivals Feale Rangers providing the opposition. Another victory followed on that occasion, giving the Beale club man a second and final county winners' medal.
Minor and under-21
Moran first came to prominence on the inter-county scene in the early 1970s as member of the Kerry minor football team. It was an unhappy time for the Kingdom as archrivals Cork dominated the provincial minor championship for the early part of the decade.
Moran's performances at minor level made him an automatic inclusion on the Kerry under-21 team in 1975. He captured a Munster title in that grade that same year following a nine-point trouncing of Waterford in the provincial decider. Moran's side later qualified for the All-Ireland final with Dublin providing the opposition. It would be the first of many battles between the two sides over the course of the next decade. A 1-15 to 0-10 score line gave Kerry the victory and gave Moran an All-Ireland under-21 winners' medal.
In 1976, Moran made it two Munster under-21 titles in-a-row as Kerry easily retained their provincial crown at the expense of Cork. He later lined out in a second consecutive All-Ireland final. Kildare provided the opposition on that occasion; however, they were no match for Kerry who won by 0-14 to 1-3. Nelligan collected a second All-Ireland winners' medal following a 0-14 to 1-3 victory.
Moran captured a third provincial under-21 title in 1977 following a two-goal defeat of Cork. Kerry later qualified for a third consecutive All-Ireland final with Down providing the opposition. A 1-11 to 1-5 score line gave Kerry the victory and gave Moran a third All-Ireland under-21 winners' medal in-a-row.
By this stage Moran was also a key member of Kerry's senior football team. In 1975, he captured his first Munster Championship and All-Ireland medals at senior level, under the new management of the legendary Mick O'Dwyer. In 1976, he won his second Munster title; however, Dublin gained revenge for the previous year by defeating Kerry in the All-Ireland final. 1977 was another frustrating year as Kerry won another Munster title but lost out to Dublin yet again, this time in a thrilling All-Ireland semi-final.
In 1978, Moran was captain of his native county and Kerry were primed for success. They easily won another Munster title and breezed into the All-Ireland final to face Dublin. The game itself is remembered for Mikey Sheehy's cheeky goal which he scored by lobbing the ball over the head of Paddy Cullen. The final score was 5-11 to 0-9 and Moran had secured a second All-Ireland medal. In 1979, Kerry once again faced up to Dublin in the All-Ireland final. Like the previous year the men from "the Kingdom" had another emphatic victory over "the Dubs", and Moran claimed his third All-Ireland medal.
Victories for Kerry over Roscommon and Offaly in the respective All-Ireland finals of 1980 and 1981 brought Moran's All-Ireland medal tally up to five. In 1982 he collected his eighth consecutive Munster Championship medal and the scene was set for Kerry to become the first team in the history of the game to win five All-Ireland football titles in-a-row. Once again, Moran’s side faced Offaly in the All-Ireland final. Kerry had the upper hand for much of the game and were leading by two points with two minutes left to be played. The game, however, was not over as Offaly substitute Séamus Darby, who had entered the game almost unnoticed, produced possibly the greatest match-winner of all-time when he scored a late goal. Kerry failed to score again to level the match and Offaly went on to win their third All-Ireland title ever.
In 1983, Kerry were denied a record-breaking ninth Munster title in-a-row by Cork. Moran's side were down but not out, as they reclaimed the provincial title the following year, before securing back-to-back All-Ireland victories over their old rivals Dublin in 1984 and 1985. In 1986, he collected his third All-Ireland title in-a-row with an 8-point victory over Tyrone. It was his eighth All-Ireland medal overall. Moran also enjoyed playing Railway Cup football with Munster, winning inter-provincial titles in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1982. His honours also include three National Football Leagues in 1977, 1982 and 1984 and one All Stars Awards. Moran also played hurling for a short period with his native county. In 1974, he won a 'Special All-Ireland' hurling medal for weaker counties when Kerry defeated Westmeath in the final.
Moran was appointed manager of Kerry’s senior team for the 1993 Championship. His tenure as manager was not a successful one, as Billy Morgan's Cork team were the kingpins of Munster at the time. Moran was replaced as manager by Páidí Ó Sé at the end of 1995.
- Kerins O'Rahilly's
In all Moran collected eleven Munster Championship medals. He played in ten All-Ireland finals, ending up on the winning side on eight occasions. His record haul of All-Ireland medals is a record that he shares with fellow Kerrymen Pat Spillane, Páidí Ó Sé, Ger Power and Mikey Sheehy. Moran, however, stands apart as the only player to win these eight medals playing in the one position. Furthermore, Moran was the only member of the Kerry team to have played every single minute in those eight victorious All-Ireland finals. These records have not been equalled since and may never be equalled.
Ogie's son David Moran played with Kerry in the 2006 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final, and is a current player with the county in the All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship. He was added to the Kerry senior squad for the 2008 National Football League and appeared in the first three games against Donegal, Tyrone and Derry.
- Foley, Michael (29 December 2002). "Caught in Time: Kerry win All-Ireland football title, 1975". London: Irish Times. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- "Ogie Moran - Shannon Development". Shannon Development. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- "Kerry: The ins and the outs...". Irish Independent. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- "Munster Under-21 Football Championship Winning Teams". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
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