Offaly GAA

Offaly GAA
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: White, green and gold
Ground(s): O'Connor Park, Tullamore
St. Brendan's Park, Birr
Dominant sport: Dual County
NFL: Division 3
NHL: Division 1
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Liam McCarthy Cup
Standard 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.


  • All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championships: None

Offaly Hurling Squad

No. Player Position Club
1 Brian Mullins Goalkeeper Birr
2 David Franks Right Corner Back Carrickshock
3 Paul Cleary Full Back Birr
4 Michael Verney Left Corner Back Birr
5 James Rigney Right Half Back Kinnitty
6 David Kenny Centre Back Belmont
7 Derek Morkan Left Half Back Shinrone
8 Rory Hanniffy Midfield Birr
9 Kevin Brady Midfield Coolderry
10 Daniel Currams Right Half Forward Kilcormac/Killoughey
11 Joe Brady Centre Forward Coolderry
12 Derek Molloy Left Half Forward Shamrocks
13 Brian Carroll Right Corner Forward Coolderry (Captain)
14 Joe Bergin Full Forward Seir Kieran
15 Shane Dooley Left Corner Forward Tullamore
No. Player Position Club
16 James Dempsey Kinnitty
17 Ger Oakley Carrig Riverstown
18 Conor Mahon Kilcormac/Killoughey
19 Cathal Parlon Coolderry
20 Ger Healion Kilcormac/Killoughey
21 Brendan Murphy Ballyskenagh
22 Odhrán Kealey Kinnitty
23 Stephen Egan Tullamore
24 Dylan Hayden Birr
25 Shane Kelly Tullamore
26 Stephen Wynne St Rynagh's
27 Mark Egan Belmont
28 Diarmaid Horan St Rynagh's
29 Éanna Murphy Seir Kieran
30 Conor Hernon St Rynagh's

Squad as per Offaly vs Antrim (Leinster Quarter Final 2010)[1]

Gaelic football

Gaelic football is the stronger of the two sports played in Offaly. 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, 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 counter attack 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


  • All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships: 1
    • 1988

Offaly Football Squad

  • Manager: Tom Cribbin
No. Player Position Club
1 Alan Mulhall Goalkeeper Walsh Island
2 Brian Darby Right Corner Back Rhode
3 Scott Brady Full Back Clara
4 Paraic Sullivan Left Corner Back Rhode
5 Shane Sullivan Right Half Back Rhode
6 Richie Dalton Centre Back Edenderry
7 Karol Slattery Left Half Back Gracefield
8 Ciaran McManus Midfield Tubber
9 John Coughlan Midfield St Sylvester's
10 Niall Darby Right Half Forward Rhode
11 Brian Connor Centre Forward Walsh Island
12 Sean Ryan Left Half Forward Birr
13 Ken Casey Right Corner Forward St Brigid's
14 John Reynolds Full Forward Clara
15 Niall McNamee Left Corner Forward Rhode
No. Player Position Club
16 Eoin Brennan
17 Ross Brady
18 Conor Carroll
19 Nigel Dunne
20 James Gallagher
21 Brian Geraghty
22 Graham Guilfoyle
23 Ciaran Kiely
24 Alan Lynam
25 Stephen Lonergan
26 Paul McConway
27 William Mulhall
28 Sean Pender
29 Anton Sullivan
30 P.J. Ward

Squad as per Offaly vs Meath (Leinster Quarter Final 2010)[2]


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 [3] and in 2009 when they defeated Waterford in the All Ireland junior final. [4] Drumcullen reached the final of the All Ireland club junior championship in 2003.[5] 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[6] 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,”[7] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[8]


  1. ^ "Offaly Hurling Team To Play Antrim". Offaly GAA. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-06-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Senior Football Team To Play Meath Announced". Offaly GAA. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2010-06-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ 2002 Div 2 Offaly 3-18 Laois 2-6 report in Irish Independent
  4. ^ 2009 Offaly 3-14 Waterford 2-8 report in Irish Times Independent, and Munster GAA
  5. ^ 2003 Junior Crossmaglen 2-5 Drumcullen 0-6 report in Irish Independent
  6. ^ All-stars on
  7. ^ Irish Independent March 29 2010: Final goal for camogie
  8. ^ 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)

See also

  • Offaly Senior Club Football Championship
  • Offaly Senior Club Hurling Championship

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