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The Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) ( ) or Offaly GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Irelandmarker, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Offalymarker. 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.

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.


Offaly Hurling Squad

The following is the team that lined out against Clare on July 8, 2006:

Number Player Position Local Club
1 Shane O'Connor * Goalkeeper Coolderry
2 Kevin Brady Left Full Back Coolderry
3 Paul Cleary Full Back Birr
4 Brendan O'Meara Right Full Back Coolderry
5 Declan Tanner * Right Half Back St.Rynaghs
6 Rory Hanniffy Centre Back Birr
7 Ger Oakley Left Half Back Carrig-Riverstown
8 Michael Cordial * Midfield Shinrone
9 Daniel Hoctor Midfield Shinrone
10 Dylan Hayden Right Half Forward Birr
11 Gary Hanniffy Centre Forward Birr
12 Mick O'Hara * Right Full Forward Ballyskenach
13 Joe Bergin Left Half Forward Seir Kieran
14 Joe Brady * Full Forward Coolderry
15 Brendan Murphy (Captain) Left Full Forward Ballyskenach
16 Brian Mullins Goalkeeper Birr
17 Barry Teehan Left Corner Back Coolderry
18 Paul Molloy * Left Corner Back Birr
19 Niall Claffey * Full Back Birr
20 Dónal Franks Left Corner Back Carrickshock
21 Brian Carroll Right Corner Forward Coolderry
22 Damien Murray * Left Corner Forward Coolderry
23 Aidan Hanrahan * Full Forward Lusmagh
24 Alan Egan Left Corner Forward Belmont-Ferbane
25 Eddie Bevans Right Wing Forward Shinrone
26 Cathal Parlon Right Wing Forward Coolderry
27 Stephen Brown * Left Corner Forward Birr
James Rigney Right Wing Back Kinnitty
Cathal Horan Left Corner Forward St.Rynaghs
Shane Dooley Full Forward Tullamoremarker
Ray Murray Goalkeeper Coolderry
Trevor Corcoran Right Corner Back Coolderry
Michael Verney Left Corner Back Birr
Conor Hernon Left Corner Forward St.Rynaghs
Kevin Kelly Left Corner Forward St.Rynaghs
David Kenny Midfielder Belmont-Ferbane
Alan Middletown Left Corner Forward
Derek Molloy Left Wing Forward Shamrocks
Management Team
Joe Dooley Manager Lorrha-Dorrha
Aidan Fogarty Selector St.Rynaghs
Paddy Kirwan Selector Birr
  • Off Offaly panel for 2007

Gaelic football

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 includeing the first final when they were beating by the Cork City team in 1961



  • 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)

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