Maurice Leahy

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Maurice Leahy
Personal information
Sport Hurling
Position Forward
Born Causeway, County Kerry
Club(s)
Years Club
Causeway
Club titles
Kerry titles 5
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1977-1989 Kerry
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 0
All-Irelands 0

Maurice Leahy (born 1952 in Causeway, County Kerry) is a retired Irish hurling manager and former player. He played hurling with his local club Causeway and with the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1977 until 1989. Leahy later served as manager of the Kerry senior inter-county team on six separate occasions.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Leahy played his club hurling with his local Causeway club. He enjoyed his first major success in 1979 when he captured his first senior county title. It was Causeway's first championship title since 1932. Leahy added three more county medals to his collection as Causeway completed a remarkable four-in-a-row. He won a fifth county title in 1989.

Inter-county[edit]

Leahy made his senior inter-county debut with Kerry in 1977. Kerry were the reigning All-Ireland 'B' champions when he joined the panel, however, Kerry surrendered their title. Three years later in 1980 Leahy took on the difficult role of player-manager in 1980. It was the beginning of a successful period for Kerry. 1983 saw Leahy collect an All-Ireland 'B' medal as the men from 'the Kingdom' defeated London to take the title. He gave up the position of manager following that victory, however, he was reappointed as 'bainisteoir' in 1985. The following year Leahy captured his second All-Ireland 'B' medal as player-manager. He retired from inter-county hurling in 1989.

Post-playing career[edit]

Not long after his retirement from playing Leahy was back as manager again in 1989. His stay was a short one on this occasion a she left without success in 1990. Two years later in 1992 Leahy served as a selector when John Meyler took charge of Kerry's hurlers. Their victory over Waterford in the 1993 championship is perhaps one of Kerry's greatest-ever hurling victories. Leahy remained as a selector for most of the 1990s, however, he returned to the top job for the fourth time in 2001. His fourth term in charge saw Kerry defeat Westmeath to take the National Hurling League division two title. Leahy was replaced as manager again in 2002, however, he returned for another short stint in 2003. He completed his sixth term as manager between 2006 and 2007.

Leahy has county championship titles with local clubs Ballyheigue and Lixnaw. He also managed the Kilcummin footballers as well as Causeway Comprehensive School teams with whom he won 2 All Ireland Vocational Schools title in 2009 and 2010.

He also managed the Tralee IT Sigerson Cup team in 2008.

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
1980-1983
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
1985-1987
Succeeded by
Con Roche
Preceded by
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
1989-1990
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael O'Halloran
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
2000-2001
Succeeded by
Bernie O'Connor
Preceded by
Bernie O'Connor
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
2002-2004
Succeeded by
Jerry Molyneaux
Preceded by
Jerry Molyneaux
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
2006-2007
Succeeded by
Pat Heffernan