Seán Marty Lockhart

Seán Marty Lockhart


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 [cite web |url=|title= Team of the Decade|accessdate=2007-12-31 |format= |work= ] . Lockhart holds the record for the highest number of appearances in the International Rules Series, having represented Ireland sixteen times over the course of eight series. [cite web |url=|title= International Rules or Aussie Rules?|accessdate=2007-12-31 |format= |work= ]



In 1997 Lockhart was part of the Derry Under-21 team that won the Ulster Under-21 and All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships.cite web |url=|title= Derry Football Roll Of Honour|work= Official Derry GAA website|accessdate=2008-03-27]

By that stage he was already playing for the Derry Senior team, having made his debut in October 1995 in a National League encounter against Kerry, where he scored a point.cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Hogan Stand interview - Derry’s Sean Lockhart |url= |work=Hogan Stand |publisher= |date=1997-04-25 |accessdate=2008-04-07 ] [ citation | publisher =DBA Publications Ltd. | date = 11 October 1998 | journal = 1998 International Rules Series Programme | title= Ireland Pen Pics ] Derry went on to win the 1995/1996 National League with Lockhart playing left half forward in the final against Donegal. He made his Championship debut in 1996. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Championship veterans still chasing glory |url= |work=Irish Independent |publisher= |date=2008-05-09 |accessdate=2008-05-18 ]

Lockhart and Derry finished runners-up to Offaly in the 1998 National League decider. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Lyons' pride pass tough test of character to land League |url= |work=Irish Examiner |publisher= |date=1998-04-27 |accessdate=2008-04-06 ] Later in 1998 he won the Ulster Senior Championship with Derry, but lost out to Galway in the All-Ireland Championship semi-final. HIs performance in the Ulster final was described as "outstanding". [cite news |first= |last= |title=Derry grab spoils in dire tie |url= |work=Irish Examiner |publisher= |date=1998-07-20 |accessdate=2008-09-09 ]

He was named full back on the 1998 All-Star team for his performances in the Championship. [cite web |url= |title=Football All Stars |work=RTÉ |accessdate=2008-04-06 ] He was also awarded Footballer of the Year by the Ulster GAA Writers Association for 1998. [cite web |url= |title=Ulster GAA Writers Association Annual Awards - 1998 |accessdate=2008-06-22 |work=Ulster GAA Writers Association |date=1998 ] Lockhart won another National League title in 2000, playing in his more familiar position in the full back line. He was nominated in 2000 for an All Star, [cite web |url= |title=Ulster have 14 All Star hopefuls |accessdate=2008-09-09 |work=BBC Sport Online |publisher= |date=2000-10-24 ] but narrowly missed out. 2001 saw him nominated once again, but he also failed to receive the accolade. [cite web |url= |title=Tohill left out of All Star nominations |work=RTÉ |accessdate=2008-03-24]

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. [cite web |url= |title= Tennents/UGAAWA Merit Award for May 2003 |accessdate=2008-04-06 |format= |work=Ulster GAA Writers ]

He was part of the Derry team that won the 2008 National League where Derry beat Kerry in the final. [cite web |url= |title=Derry 2-13 Kerry 2-09 2008 National League Final report |accessdate=2008-04-27 |format= |work=BBC ] [cite web |url= |title=Derry 2-13 Kerry 2-09 2008 National League Final report - Derry GAA website |accessdate=2008-04-27 |format= |work=Derry GAA website ]


Lockhart plays for Banagher.

Lockhart has also represented St. Brendan's GFC Chicago in Chicago, for example in 2003 when after a replay [cite web |url= |title=NACB PRO Report Aug 22nd, 2003 |accessdate=2008-05-28 |author= |date=2003-08-22 |work=North American County Board official website |publisher=] they finished runners-up to Wolfe Tones GFC in the Chicago Senior Football Championship final. [citeweb |url= |title=One for the future |accessdate=2008-05-28 |author= |date=2004-11-20 |work=Hogan Stand magazine |publisher=Lynn Publications ]


Lockhart has played for Ireland in in every game since the resumption of the International Rules Series in 1998 (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. [cite book | last = | first = | authorlink = | title = The Oakleaf - 2006 Club & County Magazine | publisher = Derry County Board | date = 2006 | pages = p. 6-7 | doi = | isbn = ] He has been selected as a runner for the Irish team for the upcoming 2008 Series.


Lockhart was captain of the St Pat's Maghera side that won the 1995 MacRory Cup, playing centre half back. He couldn't go on to compete in the Hogan Cup for the school, as he was nine days over the age limit. For his performances that year he became the first player to win both Ulster Colleges Football and Hurling All Stars. He now teachs at the school and has managed and trained a number of teams at the school. He, with Martin McConnell and John Downey managed the St. Pat's second year team to success in the 2007 D'Alton Cup.cite web |url= |title=Winning Derry Colleges Captains |accessdate=2008-10-11 |work=Official Derry GAA website |publisher= |date=2008-10-11 ] Along with McConnell, he is in charge of the 2008/09 MacRory side. [cite news |first=Ronan |last=Scott |title=Holders in the group of death |url= |work=Gaelic Life |publisher= |date=2008-10-10 |accessdate=2008-10-11 ]



*All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship - Winner (1): 1997
*National Football League - Winner (3): 1996, 2000, 2008
*National Football League - Runner up: 1998
*Ulster Senior Football Championship - Winner (1): 1998
*Ulster Senior Football Championship - Runner up: 1997, 2000
*Dr. McKenna Cup - Winner (1): 1999
*Ulster Under-21 Football Championship - Winner (1): 1997
*Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship (hurling) - Winner (1): 1997


*Railway Cup - Winner (?): 2000 &?


*Sigerson Cup - Runner up: 1998
*MacRory Cup - Winner (1): 1995


*All Star - Winner (1): 1998
*All Star - Nominated (runner up): 2000, 2001, more?
*Irish News Ulster All Stars Team of the Decade (1995-2004) - Winner
*Irish News Ulster GAA All-Star - Winner (3): 1998, 1999, 2001
*Ulster GAA Writers Association Footballer of the Year: 1998
*Ulster Tennent’s Merit Award - Winner (1): May 2003
*Football Ulster Colleges All-Star - Winner (1): 1995
*Hurling Ulster Colleges All-Star - Winner (1): 1995
*Derry Senior football captain: 2004
*Represented Ireland 16 times in the International Rules Series

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

External links

* [ Hoganstand article on Seán Marty Lockhart]
* [ St. Mary's GAC website]
* [ Official Derry GAA Wbsite]


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