Jackie O'Shea

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John O'Shea
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Sé
Sport Hurling
Position Forward
Born Dungourney, County Cork, Ireland
Nickname Rookereen
Years Club
1890s-1900s Dungourney
Club titles
Cork titles 3
Years County
1902-1907 Cork
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 2
All-Irelands 1

Jackie O'Shea was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Dungourney and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1902 until 1907.

Playing career[edit]


O'Shea played his club hurling as goal keeper with the famous Dungourney team in Cork and enjoyed some success. He won three county senior championship titles in all, with these victories coming in 1902, 1907 and 1909.


O'Shea first tasted success on the inter-county scene with Cork in 1902 when he lined out in his first Munster final. Limerick provided the opposition, however, Cork were the winners by 2-9 to 1-5 and O'Shea collected a Munster winners’ medal.[1] Galway and Dublin were later defeated as Cork booked their place in the All-Ireland final with London providing the opposition. The game was played in Cork to mark the opening of the new Cork Athletic Ground. O'Shea's side made no mistake on this occasion and powered to a 3-13 to 0-0 victory. It was a huge triumph for Cork and gave O'Shea an All-Ireland winners’ medal.[2]

O'Shea did not take part in any inter-county activity for the next few years, however, in 1907 he finally picked up a second Munster winners’ medal following a 1-6 to 1-4 defeat of Tipperary.[3] Cork later reached the All-Ireland final with Kilkenny providing the opposition. A high-scoring, but close, game developed between these two great rivals once again. As the game entered the final stage there was little to separate the two sides. Jimmy Kelly scored three first-half goals while Jack Anthony scored Kilkenny’s winning point at the death. Cork went on two late goal hunts; however, the final score of 3-12 to 4-8 gave Kilkenny the win. It was O'Shea's last All-Ireland final appearance.


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  1. ^ "Senior Hurling - Munster Final Winning Teams". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Cork GAA Honours". www.hoganstand.com. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Senior Hurling - Munster Final Winning Teams". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-16.