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
Province: Leinster
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 and 1985.

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 James Dempsey Goalkeeper Kinnitty
2 Ben Conneely Right Corner Back St. Rynagh's
3 Conor Doughan Full Back Shinrone
4 Enda Grogan Left Corner Back Kilcormac/Killoughey
5 Seán Gardiner Right Half Back Lusmagh
6 Dermot Shortt Centre Back St. Rynagh's
7 Seán Ryan (c) Left Half Back Birr
8 David King Midfield Coolderry
9 Pádraig Guinan Midfield Drumcullen
10 Shane Kinsella Right Half Forward Kinnitty
11 Shane Dooley Centre Forward Tullamore
12 Peter Geraghty Left Half Forward Kilcormac-Killoughey
13 Seán Cleary Right Corner Forward Shinrone
14 Oisín Kelly Full Forward Ferbane
15 Emmet Nolan Left Corner Forward Birr
No. Player Position Club
16 Eoghan Cahill Substitute Birr
17 Paddy Delaney Substitute Kinnitty
18 Michael Cleary Substitute Shinrone
19 Aidan Treacy Substitute St. Rynagh's
20 Conor Molloy Substitute Coolderry
21 James Mulrooney Substitute Seir Kieran
22 Pat Camon Substitute St. Rynagh's
23 Thomas Carroll Substitute Seir Kieran
24 Joe Bergin Substitute Seir Kieran
25 Adrian Cleary Substitute Shinrone
26 Cillian Kiely Substitute Kilcormac-Killoughey

Squad as per Offaly vs Westmeath, 2017 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final 27 May 2017

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 6 All Ireland finals but lost all 6 including the first final when they were beating by the Cork City team in 1961


National Football League Division 4 2015

Current football squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 Alan Mulhall Goalkeeper Walsh Island
2 Brian Darby Right Corner Back Rhode
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's
7 Cian Donohue Left Half Back St. Brigid's
8 Eoin Carroll Midfield Cappincur
9 David Hanlon Midfield Edenderry
10 Joseph O'Connor Right Half Forward St. Rynagh's
11 Graham Guilfoyle Centre Forward Clara
12 Michael Brazil Left Half Forward Tullamore
13 Seán Doyle Right Corner Forward Edenderry
14 Nigel Dunne Full Forward Shamrocks
15 Niall McNamee Left Corner Forward Rhode

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 [1] and in 2009 when they defeated Waterford in the All Ireland junior final.[2] Drumcullen reached the final of the All Ireland club junior championship in 2003.[3] 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[4] 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,”[5] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2002 Div 2 Offaly 3–18 Laois 2–6 report in Irish Independent
  2. ^ 2009 Offaly 3–14 Waterford 2–8 report in Irish Times Independent, and Munster GAA
  3. ^ 2003 Junior Crossmaglen 2–5 Drumcullen 0–6 report in Irish Independent
  4. ^ All-stars on
  5. ^ Irish Independent March 29 2010: Final goal for camogie
  6. ^ 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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