Owen Roe McGovern

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Owen Roe McGovern
Personal information
Irish name Eoin Rua Mag Shamhrain
Sport Gaelic football
Position Defender
Born Swanlinbar, County Cavan, Ireland
Occupation Publican
Years Club
pre 1950
Clan na Gael/Dublin
Years County
1945–1950 Cavan
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 4
All-Irelands 2
All Stars 0

Owen Roe McGovern (December 1917 – 2 May 2011) was a former Gaelic footballer for Cavan, winning 2 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals in 1947 and '48.[1][2][3]

Playing career[edit]

A native of Swanlinbar, he could play at corner-back or half-back. He was a member of the great Cavan squad which won the All-Ireland Final in the Polo Grounds, New York City in 1947. In the 1948 All-Ireland title success Owen Roe replaced John Joe O'Reilly as a second-half substitute in defence. The following year he started at left corner-back in the Final, but Meath denied Cavan the three in a row. He was a member of the Cavan squad when they won their first National Football League title in the 1947/48 season and he lined out at right half-back when Cavan reclaimed the National Football League title in 1949/50.[4][5]

Later years & personal life[edit]

He served in the Irish Army before emigrating to Elizabeth, New Jersey with his wife Philomena in 1957. They have three sons and one daughter. He was publican of Morley and McGovern public house for many years. Owen Roe was the last survivor from Cavan's All-Ireland winning teams of 1947 and '48. Owen Roe McGovern died on 2 May 2011.[6] [7]


  1. ^ BBC.co.uk Cavan All-Ireland winning hero Owen Roe McGovern dies
  2. ^ The Star Ledger obituaries
  3. ^ Hoganstand.com The Late Owen Roe McGovern
  4. ^ hoganstand.com 'Great memories' for Owen Roe
  5. ^ http://www.swanlinbar-gfc.com/history.htm
  6. ^ hoganstand.com Cavan great Mick Higgins dies at 87
  7. ^ hoganstand.com 'Great memories' for Owen Roe

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