Séamus Plunkett

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Séamus Plunkett
Personal information
Irish name Séamus Pluincéid
Sport Hurling
Position Full-forward
Born Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland
Nickname Cheddar
Club(s)
Years Club
Portlaoise
Club titles
Laois titles 7
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
1980-1988 Laois
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 0
All-Irelands 0
NHL 0
All Stars 2

Séamus "Cheddar" Plunkett (born 1961) is an Irish retired hurler who played as a full-forward for the Laois senior hurling team.

Plunkett made his first appearance for the team during the 1980-81 National League and was a semi-regular member of the starting fifteen until he left the panel after the 1988 championship. During that time he enjoyed little success.

At club level Plunkett is a seven-time county club championship medalist with Portlaoise.

In retirement from playing Plunkett became involved in team management. He has served as a selector and manager with Portlaoise and various Laois underage teams, before taking over as manager of the Laois senior hurling team in 2012.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Plunkett played his club hurling with Portlaoise and enjoyed much success during a lengthy career.

Having lost the 1980 championship decider to Camross, both sides met again the following year's final. In a thrilling game Portlaoise denied Camross a remarkable sixth successive county title. It was the first of four successive championships for Plunkett and Portlaoise.

Five-in-a-row proved beyond Portlaoise as Camross defeated Plunkett's side by just a single point in 1985.[2]

Two years later Portlaoise were back as the kingpins of county hurling. A 2-13 to 1-5 trouncing of Clonad gave Plunkett his fifth championship medal.

After surrendering their title the following year, Portlaoise faced off against Camross again in 1989. A thrilling draw was followed by a 0-12 to 1-4 victory for Portlaoise. It was Plunkett's sixth championship medal.

Camross got the better of Portlaoise again in 1990, however, Plunkett's side reached a fifth successive championship decider in 1991. A defeat of Clonad gave Plunkett his seventh and final championship medal.

Inter-county[edit]

Plunkett made his senior debut for Laois in a National Hurling League game against Kilkenny during the 1980-81 campaign. It was a winning debut as Plunkett contributed 1-1 in a five-point defeat of "the Cats". Plunkett was a regular during Laois's various National League campaigns throughout the 1980s, however, he enjoyed little success in the championship.

Managerial career[edit]

Laois[edit]

Plunkett was ratified as manager of the Laois senior team on 18 December 2012.[3] His first National League campaign in charge saw Laois suffer just one defeat in the group stage before winning the Division 2A final and promotion to Division 1A following a 3-14 to 1-9 defeat of Westmeath.[4] Plunkett's side later nearly pulled off a shock defeat of reigning Leinster champions Galway in the provincial semi-final.[5]

Laois's 2014 league campaign saw Plunkett's side preserve their position in Division 1B before narrowly losing to Clare at the quarter-final stage.[6] For the second year in succession Laois nearly pulled off a shock victory over Galway, however, Plunkett's side eventually lost by two points.[7]

In 2015 Laois enjoyed a mixed league campaign but eventually survived in a relegation battle with Antrim.[8] On 28 May 2015 Plunkett announced his resignation as manager after two of his panel members played a club game against the wishes of management.[9] He later reversed his decision and returned as manager less than a week later.[10]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Portlaoise

Manager[edit]

Laois

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plunkett to manage Laois hurlers". Hogan Stand website. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Laois hurling finals since 1984". Laois GAA website. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Plunkett ratified in O'Moore County". Hogan Stand. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Brophy double KO's Westmeath". Hogan Stand. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Canning gets Galway out of jail". Irish Examiner. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Laois impress Davy but Clare experience counts". Irish Examiner. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Galway swoop late to deny brave Laois a famous win". Irish Examiner. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Laois victory relegates Antrim to play-off for survival". Irish Examiner. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "'Cheddar' Plunkett resigns as Laois hurling manager for personal reasons". Irish Independent. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "He's back! Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett returns as Laois senior hurling manager". Irish Independent. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.