Tom O'Donoghue

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Tom O'Donoghue
Personal information
Irish name Tomás Ó Donnchú
Sport Hurling
Position Full-back
Born 1940
Glanmire, County Cork, Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Years Club
1950s-1970s Sarsfield's
Club titles
Cork titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
1965-1969 Cork 17 (0-00)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 2
All-Irelands 1

Tom O'Donoghue (born 1940 in Glanmire, County Cork, Ireland) is an Irish former sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club Sarsfield's and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1965 until 1969.

Playing career[edit]


O'Donoghue played his club hurling with Sarsfield's, however, he enjoyed little success at club level.


O'Donoghue first played for Cork at minor level in 1958. He enjoyed little success in that grade, however, he subsequently joined the Cork senior team. He made his debut in the National Hurling League against Kilkenny in 1964 and made his championship debut the following year, however, Cork had been in the doldrums since their All-Ireland defeat of 1956.[1]

After losing the Munster final to Tipperary in 1965, O'Donoghue's Cork team returned to centre stage in 1966. That year 'the Rebels' avoided Tipperary in the provincial championship and qualified for a Munster showdown with Waterford. An entertaining hour of hurling followed, however, victory went to Cork by 4-9 to 2-9 for the first time in ten years. It was O'Donoghue's first senior Munster winners' medal.[2] This victory allowed Cork to advance directly to the All-Ireland final where arch-rivals Kilkenny provided the opposition. It was the first meeting of these two great sides since 1947 and ‘the Cats’ were installed as the firm favourites. In spite of this a hat-trick of goals by Colm Sheehan gave Cork a merited 3-9 to 1-10 victory over an Eddie Keher-inspired Kilkenny. It was O'Donoghue's first All-Ireland winners' medal.[3]

Tipperary emerged as the Munster champions in both 1967 and 1968, however, Cork were back in 1969. That year O'Donoghue added a National League medal to his collection as Cork defeated Wexford by 3-12 to 1-14 in the final. This victory gave Cork a huge boost going into the Munster campaign where the team qualified to meet Tipperary in the final. Cork were out to avenge the nine-point defeat administered by the same side in 1968 while Tipp were out to capture a third provincial title in-a-row. The game was a major triumph for Cork as ‘the Rebels’ won by 4-6 to 0-9. It was a victory that made up for all the beatings that Tipp had dished out to Cork in the early part of the decade and it gave O'Donoghue a second Munster winners’ medal. Once again this victory paved the way for an All-Ireland showdown with Kilkenny. The game was there for the taking for Cork, particularly after Kilkenny forward Pat Delaney left the field on a stretcher. ‘The Rebels’ led ‘the Cats’ coming into the last quarter, however, Kilkenny scored five unanswered points in the last seven minutes to win by 2-15 to 2-9. O'Donoghue's inter-county career ended following this defeat.


  1. ^ "Cork's Senior Hurling Championship Teams 1960-1969" (PDF). Cork GAA. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Munster Senior Hurling Finals". Munster GAA. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Cork GAA profile". Hogan Stand. Retrieved 2010-08-29.