Seán Marty Lockhart

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Seán Marty Lockhart (born Seán Martin Lockhart)
Sean Marty Lockhart - 2007.jpg
Personal information
Irish name Seán Máirtín Locard
Sport Dual player
Football Position: Corner back
Hurling Position: Midfeild
Born (1976-08-22) 22 August 1976 (age 41)
Banagher, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nickname Rivaldo
Occupation Teacher
Years Club
1992-Present Banagher
Club titles
  Football Hurling
Derry titles 0 1
Years County Apps (scores)
Derry (F)
Derry (H)
Inter-county titles
  Football Hurling
Ulster Titles 1 1 (as a sub)
All-Stars 1 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 14:55, 17 May 2008 (UTC).

Seán Martin Lockhart (Irish: Seán Máirtín Locard; born 22 August 1976[2]) is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Derry. He has won an Ulster Senior Football Championship and three National League titles with the county, as well an All-Ireland Under 21 Championship. He also won an All Star for his performances in the 1998 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Lockhart plays his club football for St. Mary's Banagher. He is a dual player in that he also plays hurling for Banagher, and has in the past also hurled for Derry.

In football, he is seen as a mobile, very tight marking corner-back, who is also very competent with the ball in his hands going forward, proven by the fact he plays midfield for his club. He has won three Irish News Ulster All-Star awards (1998, 1999 and 2001) and was named left-corner back on the Irish News Team of the Decade in 2004.[3] Lockhart holds the record for the highest number of appearances in the International Rules Series,[4] having represented Ireland sixteen times over the course of eight series[5] (1998-2006[5])

Personal life[edit]

Lockhart is married to a woman called Miram, she is also a teacher, with three children. He works as a P.E. teacher, religion teacher and class tutor at St. Patrick's College, Maghera.[5]

Football career[edit]


Lockhart (left) in action against Monaghan in the 2007 Ulster Championship

Lockhart reached the Ulster Under-21 Football Championship final with Derry Under-21s in 1996, but were defeated by Cavan.[6]

In 1997 Lockhart and Derry won the Ulster Under-21 and All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships,[7] defeating Fermanagh and Meath in the respective finals. He was already playing for Derry's Senior team, having made his debut in October 1995 in a National League encounter against Kerry.[2][8] Derry went on to win the 1995/1996 National League with Lockhart playing left half forward in the final against Donegal.[2] He made his Championship debut against Armagh that year.[2][9]

Lockhart and Derry finished runners-up to Offaly in the 1998 National League decider.[10] Later that year he won the Ulster Senior Championship with Derry, with Lockhart's performance in the Ulster final was described as "outstanding".[11] Derry lost to Galway in the All-Ireland Championship semi-final. He was named full back on the 1998 All-Star team [12] and awarded Footballer of the Year by the Ulster GAA Writers Association.[citation needed]

Lockhart won another National League medal in 2000, playing in his more familiar position in the full back line.[7] He was nominated in 2000 for an All Star,[13] but narrowly missed out. 2001 saw Derry reach the All-Ireland semi-final again and Lockhart was again nominated for an All Star.[14] He was awarded the Ulster Tennent’s Monthly Merit Award for May 2003, for his two performances against Tyrone that month. He kept six-time All Star Peter Canavan scoreless from play in both the drawn game and replay.[15] Derry reached the All-Ireland semi-final again in 2004, but were defeated by Kerry.

He was part of the Derry team that won the 2008 National League where Derry beat Kerry in the final.[16][17] He was injured for the duration of the 2008 Championship.


Lockhart plays for Banagher. He has represented St. Brendan's GFC Chicago in Chicago, and in 2003 after a replay[18] they finished runners-up to Wolfe Tones GFC in the Chicago Senior Football Championship final.[19]


Lockhart (left) tackles Kerry's Colm Cooper in the 2009 National League

Lockhart played for Ireland in every game since the resumption of the International Rules Series in 1998 until 2006 (except for the 2002 series when he had a broken arm). Of the 16 games he played for Ireland, he was on the winning side eight times, with one draw. During the eight series, Ireland won four of them. In 1998 he was chosen as Irish Player of the Series and in 2004 he was chosen on the Supreme team to mark 20 years of Ireland versus Australia International Rules tests.[20] It has been said part of the reason for him excelling in International Rules is that his fitness levels are as high as the professional Australian Rules athletes.[5] He was selected as a runner for the Irish team for the 2008 Series,[21][22] with selector Anthony Tohill citing his experience as being helpful.[4] Although his official role was the runner, he "had a significant involvement in coaching the Irish squad".[23] He also took an active part in training, and was impressive, and was on ready to come into the team if the Irish squad suffered a few injuries.[23]



Lockhart was captain of the St. Patrick's College, Maghera side that won the 1995 MacRory Cup, playing centre half back. He could not go on to compete in the Hogan Cup for the school, as he was nine days over the age limit.[2] For his performances that year he became the first player to win both Ulster Colleges Football and Hurling All Stars.[2] He teaches P.E and religion at the school, he is also a form tutor to class 8SL1 in year 8 and has managed and trained a number of teams at the school. For example he, with Martin McConnell and John Downey managed the St. Pat's second year team to success in the 2007 D'Alton Cup.[24] Along with McConnell, he is in charge of the 2009 MacRory side.[24][25]

Hurling career[edit]


Lockhart was part of the Derry Under-21 side that won the 1997 Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship.[26] He hurled for the Derry Senior team in the past.[27]










  • 1 All Star 1998
  • Irish News Ulster All Stars Team of the Decade (1995-2004)
  • 3 Irish News Ulster GAA All-Stars Awards 1998 1999 2001
  • 1 Ulster GAA Writers Association Footballer of the Year 1998
  • 1 Ulster Tennent’s Merit Award May 2003
  • 1 Ulster Colleges Football All-Star 1995
  • 1 Ulster Colleges Hurling All-Star 1995
  • 1 Derry Senior football captain 2004
  • Supreme International Rules Team (Special 20th anniversary team)
  • Irish Player of the Series (International Rules) - Winner (at least once): 1998
  • Represented Ireland 16 times in the International Rules Series

Note: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of.


  1. ^ Bogue, Declan (16 May 2008). "McGrane set for '60'". Gaelic Life. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hogan Stand interview - Derry's Sean Lockhart". Hogan Stand. Lynn Publications. 25 April 1997. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Team of the Decade". The Irish News. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Heaney, Paddy (21 October 2008). "Trainer Tohill taking it all in". The Irish News. p. 46. Archived from the original on 16 January 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d Heaney, Paddy (22 October 2008). "Lockhart looking forward". The Irish News. p. 55. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Moran, Seán (13 May 2000). "Life of Reilly seeks upward turn". Irish Times. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Derry Football Roll Of Honour". Official Derry GAA website. Retrieved 27 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Ireland Pen Pics". 1998 International Rules Series Programme. DBA Publications Ltd. 11 October 1998. 
  9. ^ "Championship veterans still chasing glory". Irish Independent. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Lyons' pride pass tough test of character to land League". Irish Examiner. 27 April 1998. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Derry grab spoils in dire tie". Irish Examiner. 20 July 1998. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  12. ^ "Football All Stars". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 29 February 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Ulster have 14 All Star hopefuls". BBC Sport Online. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Tohill left out of All Star nominations". RTÉ. Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  15. ^ "Tennents/UGAAWA Merit Award for May 2003". Ulster GAA Writers Association. Archived from the original on 25 January 2005. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  16. ^ "Derry 2-13 Kerry 2-09 2008 National League Final report". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  17. ^ "Derry 2-13 Kerry 2-09 2008 National League Final report - Derry GAA website". Derry GAA website. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  18. ^ "NACB PRO Report 22 August 2003". North American County Board official website. 22 August 2003. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  19. ^ "One for the future". Hogan Stand. Lynn Publications. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  20. ^ The Oakleaf - 2006 Club & County Magazine. Derry County Board. 2006. pp. 6–7. 
  21. ^ "Boylan names his selectors". Hogan Stand. Lynn Publications. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  22. ^ Heaney, Paddy (24 September 2008). "Kennelly and Clarke Ruled out of series". The Irish News. p. 68. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  23. ^ a b Heaney, Paddy (24 October 2008). "TOUR sidelines". The Irish News. p. 57. 
  24. ^ a b "Winning Derry Colleges Captains". Official Derry GAA website. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008. 
  25. ^ Scott, Ronan (10 October 2008). "Holders in the group of death". Gaelic Life. 
  26. ^ Campbell, John (24 July 1997). "Derry U21s hurl county into spotlight". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 3 October 2008. 
  27. ^ "Boyle quits Donegal panel". BBC Sport Online. 13 April 2001. Retrieved 24 March 2008. 

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Preceded by
Enda Muldoon
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football captain

Succeeded by
Paddy Bradley