Michael McGrath (hurler)

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Michael McGrath
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Mac Craith
Sport Dual player
Position Right wing-forward
Born (1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 53)
Bullaun, County Galway
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nickname Hopper
Occupation Salesman
Years Club
1980s-1990s Sarsfields
Club titles
Galway titles 5
Connacht titles 3
All-Ireland Titles 2
Years County
1980s-1990s Galway
Inter-county titles
All-Irelands 2
All Stars 2
  Football Hurling
League titles 2

Michael 'Hopper' McGrath (born 30 June 1963 in Bullaun, County Galway) is an Irish former sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Sarsfields and was a member of the Galway senior inter-county team in the 1980s and 1990s.[1]

McGrath played for the Galway Hurling team that was crowned All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions in 1987 (defeating Kilkenny) and 1988 (defeating Tipperary.)[2][3]

McGrath was captain of the Sarsfields team when Sarsfields captured their second[4] Galway Senior Hurling Championship title in 1989. On that occasion Sarsfields defeated Athenry in St.Brendans Park Loughrea, where the final score was Sarsfields 3-7, Athenry 1-8.

McGrath helped Sarsfields to win the clubs third senior county title in 1992. On that occasion Sarsfields defeated Carnmore in the county final reply, where the final score was Sarsfields 1-14, Carnmore 1-5.

McGrath helped Sarsfields to retain the county title in 1993 (the clubs fourth senior county title). On that occasion Sarsfields once again defeated Carnmore, where the final score was Sarsfields 1-10, Carnmore 0-4.

Following after the senior county title wins of 1992 and 1993, and McGrath with Sarsfields won his first All-Ireland Senior Club Championship medal in spring of 1993. McGrath and Sarsfields repeated the same feat in 1994 when the Sarsfields club becomes the first hurling club to retain their All-Ireland Senior Club championship title.

McGrath again played for Sarsfields when the club captured their fifth senior county title in 1995. On that occasion Sarsfields defeated Portumna where the final score was Sarsfields 0-17, Portumna 1-9.

McGrath played on the 1997 Sarsfields them when the club captured their sixth senior county title in 1997. On that occasion Sarsfields defeated Clarinbridge where the final score was Sarsfields 0-11, Clarinbridge 1-6.

McGrath is also the holder of two GAA GPA All Stars Awards awarded in 1987 and 1988.


  1. ^ "Galway GAA profile". www.hoganstand.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Roll of Honour Galway Senior Hurling". GalwayGAA.ie. Galway GAA. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Glennon, Stephen (11 Sep 2013). "It's a family affair for Galway's camogie stars". connachttribune.ie. Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 28 April 2016. former Galway hurler Michael ‘Hopper’ McGrath, a member of the 1987 and 1988 All-Ireland winning team. 
  4. ^ "Athenry GAA History of Club 1989". Athenry GAA. St Mary's GAA Club Athenry. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. jubliant Sarsfields that collected the county cup for the second time. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Coleman
Galway Senior Hurling Captain
Succeeded by
Gerry McInerney