Offaly GAA

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For more details of Offaly GAA see Offaly Senior Football Championship or Offaly Senior Hurling Championship.
Offaly GAA
Irish:Uíbh Fhailí
Nickname(s):The Faithful County
County colours:Green, white, gold               
Ground(s):O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Dominant sport:Dual county
NFL:Division 3
NHL:Division 1B
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Liam MacCarthy Cup
Standard kit
Regular kit
Change kit

The Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Uíbh Fhailí) or Offaly GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Offaly. Separate county boards are also responsible for the Offaly inter-county teams.


After a scheme developed by the Gaelic Athletic Association in the 1970s to encourage the playing of hurling in non-traditional counties, Offaly was one of the first teams to benefit from such a scheme. As a result, the county won six Leinster titles in the 1980s, as well as their first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1981.

The county has since gone on to win three other All-Irelands. Perhaps Offaly's most famous win came in the All-Ireland Final of 1994 in what has come to be remembered as the "five minute final." Limerick looked set to win their first All-Ireland title since 1973 until Offaly staged one of the greatest comebacks of all time, scoring two goals and five points in the last five minutes. They defeated Limerick by 3–16 to 2–13. The Vocational Schools team has made it to 12 All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship finals but have never won one.


U16 arrabawn all Ireland hurling division A shield (2016)

U17 Celtic challenge division 1 (2016)

Current hurling squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 Jammy Larkin Goalkeeper Tullamore
2 Nigel Kearney Right Corner Back Tullamore
3 Mick Lawless Full Back Tullamore
4 Anthony ‘Fiddler’ Heffernan Left Corner Back Tullamore
5 Paddy Delaney Right Half Back Kinnitty
6 Benny Dagg Centre Back Tullamore
7 Dermot Shortt Left Half Back St. Rynagh's
8 Darrell O Dwyer Midfield Shamrocks
9 Jody Midfield Tullamore
10 Joe Bergin Right Half Forward Seir Kieran
11 Colin Egan Centre Forward Ferbane
12 Damien Egan Left Half Forward Ferbane
13 Oisín Kelly Right Corner Forward Ferbane
14 Nanield Kelly Full Forward Tullamore
15 Dan Currams Left Corner Forward Kilcormac/Killoughey
No. Player Position Club
16 Eoghan Cahill Substitute Birr
17 Shane Dooley Substitute Tullamore
18 Gavin Guthrie Substitute Shamrocks
19 Colm Gath Substitute Drumcullen
20 Daniel Doughan Substitute Shinrone
21 Jordan Quinn Substitute Kilcormac/Killoughey
22 Patrick Rigney Substitute Kinnitty
23 Thomas Geraghty Substitute Kilcormac/Killoughey
24 Liam Langton Substitute Clodiagh Gaels
25 Ciarán Cleary Substitute Shinrone
26 PJ Molloy Substitute Coolderry

Squad as per Offaly vs Dublin, 2018 National Hurling League Round 1, 27 January 2018

Gaelic football[edit]

Perhaps the most famous moment in Gaelic football history came in the 1982 All-Ireland Final when Offaly played Kerry. The match was a repeat of the previous year's final, however, not only that but a win for Kerry would give them an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland Final victory in a row. Kerry were winning by two points with two minutes to go when Séamus Darby came on as a substitute and scored one of the most famous goals in Gaelic football of all time. Kerry fumbled the counterattack which allowed Offaly to win by one single point with a score of 1–15 to 0–17. The Offaly Vocational Schools Team have made it to six All Ireland finals but lost all six including the first final when they were beaten by the Cork City team in 1961.


National Football League Division 4 2015

Current football squad[edit]

  • Manager: John Maughan
No. Player Position Club
1 Alan Mulhall Goalkeeper Walsh Island
2 Drop Dead McNamara Right Corner Back Shamrocks
3 Eoin Rigney Full Back Rhode
4 Seán Pender Left Corner Back Edenderry
5 Niall Darby Right Half Back Rhode
6 Peter Cunningham Centre Back Bracknagh
7 Cian Donohue Left Half Back Rhode
8 Eoin Carroll Midfield Cappincur
9 Ronan Daly Midfield Durrow
10 Niall Lynch Right Half Forward Tullamore
11 Graham Guilfoyle Centre Forward Clara
12 Michael Brazil Left Half Forward Tullamore
13 Darrell O'Dwyer Right Corner Forward Shamrocks
14 Nigel Dunne Full Forward Shamrocks
15 Charlie Hayes Left Corner Forward Daingean GAA
16 Tom Cunniffe HEO (Athlone) Left Goalkeeper Tubber/Kildare/Galway

Squad as per Offaly v Westmeath, 2017 Leinster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final, 11 June 2017


Nine Offaly camogie clubs were organised in the 1930s and Offaly entered the Leinster championships of 1935 and 1936, but the game declined amid the Camogie Association disputes of the 1940s and had to be revived by Clare-born Mary O’Brien in 1973, and a county board re-formed in 1979. Offaly won their first major national titles in 2002 when they won the second division of the National Camogie League [2] and in 2009 when they defeated Waterford in the All Ireland junior final.[3] Drumcullen reached the final of the All Ireland club junior championship in 2003.[4] Kinnity owon the Division 3 shield at Féile na nGael in 1997, Drumcullen won the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 1997.

Notable players include soaring star award winners[5] Karen Brady, Elaine Dermody, Audrey Kennedy, Michaela Morkan, Fiona Stephens, and Arlene Watkins. Miriam O’Callaghan served as president of the Camogie Association).

Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010–2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[6] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kevin Ryan decides not to seek re-appointment - Offaly GAA". 17 July 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ 2002 Div 2 Offaly 3–18 Laois 2–6 report in Irish Independent
  3. ^ 2009 Offaly 3–14 Waterford 2–8 report in Irish Times Independent, and Munster GAA
  4. ^ 2003 Junior Crossmaglen 2–5 Drumcullen 0–6 report in Irish Independent
  5. ^ "All-stars on". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Final goal for camogie -". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  7. ^ National Development Plan 2010–2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site


  • Official History Of Offaly GAA by P J Cunningham and Ricey Scully (1984)
  • Ballycumber GAA 1890–1984 edited by Eddie Cunningham
  • Tullamore GAA Club History by John Clarke (1984)

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