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The Tyrone County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) ( ) or Tyrone GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Irelandmarker, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tyrone. The county board is also responsible for the Tyrone inter-county teams.

Gaelic football

History

See main article History of Tyrone gaelic football


Tyrone have won three All-Ireland finals, from five appearances. They lost in 1986 and 1995, but won in 2003, 2005 and 2008. They reached the semi final of the 2009 All-Ireland championship but lost out to Cork.

Tyrone won their first Ulster Championship in 1956, defending it successfully in 1957. The last time they won was in 2009, which was their twelfh.They have also won two National Leagues, in 2002, and 2003.

Tyrone exited the 2006 Football Championship after a poor display against Laois, on a wet Saturday night in O'Moore Park, Portlaoisemarker. and followed this up with a poor showing in the 2007 National Football League. However the team bounced back by winning the 2007 Ulster Senior Football Championship at Clones in July for the first time since 2003 but then fell to Meath in the All-Ireland Quarter Final. The Tyrone panel had been depleted by injury, with team captain Brian Dooher (shattered kneecap), inspirational play maker Brian McGuigan (damaged eye) and midfielder Colin Holmes ruled out for the season, while other key players, including Stephen O'Neill, Gerard Cavlan, Michael McGee and Conor Gormley, all missing most or all of the 2007 campaign due to injury. The 2008 campaign has once again plagued by injuries although things appear to looking up for the red hands after a rather disappointing league campaign finishing with a mid table position. Things then got worse for Tyrone as they relinquished their Ulster title to Down after a two game thriller in which Down edged them by a point after 160 minutes of football. However things are looking up after two successful wins in the Football Qualifiers against Louth at Drogheda and Westmeath at Healy Park in Omagh respectively, they now face Mayo in Round 3 on Saturday 2nd of August in Croke Parkmarker for a place in the quarter finals of the Championship. The team as named on Thursday 31st of July is below. Good news for Tyrone fans and Mickey Harte is that Sean Cavanagh has been declared fit to play and will be on the edge of the square. However the news is not as bright for Colm Cavanagh (Sean's Brother) as he has been ruled out for the reminder of the 2008 season with a dislocated shoulder. Tyrone went on to defeat Mayo on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-9 meaning Tyrone earned a place in the quarter finals (last 8) of the championship , where they faced leinster champions Dublinmarker. Tyrone made the brighter start to this game with early points from Tommy McGugian and Colm McCullagh , Dublin got back to level terms however Tyrone pulled away with 2 further points the pick from captain Brian Dooher and a goal from Sean Cavanagh gave them a comating 1-5 to 0-2 lead, a mix up in the Tyrone full back line lead to a soft Connall Keaney goal however Dublins celebrations were short lived an a beautiful angled ball from Tommy McGuigan gave Joe McMahon a goal opportunity which he took in style to put Tyrone 2-5 to 1-2 up, Dublin scored another point before half-time to leave them trailing by 5 at the break. On the restart Tyrone added 2 points with McCullagh and Dooher the scorers. A brief Dublin revival followed with back to back points, But Tyrone raced up the field with Colin Holmes giving the ball McCullagh who the picked out the running half back David Harte and he made no mistake with the finish giving Tyrone a 3rd goal an ending the game as a contest. Harte , Cavanagh and Dooher added points but Dublin looked like a beat team with 20 minutes to go. While no Tyrone player had a bad game the GAA man of the match award went to Brian Dooher who scored 3 points and also set up vital plays bringing the ball out of defense.Tyrone then faced Wexford for a place in the senior football final but earlier in the day it was the Tyrone minors who booked their place in the final with a complete football performance , an eased past Meath on a scoreline of 1-21 to 2-7. They face Mayo in the final. The seniors then always looked comfortable in their meeting with Wexford. And after racking up a 8 point lead at half-time they went through pretty comfortably with 6 points to spare, However Wexford did cause problems during 10 minutes of the second half to bring the gap down to two points ,then scores from Phillip Jordan , Colm McCullagh and Ryan McMenamin made sure that Tyrone would set up a September 21st date with All Ireland champions Kerry (who beat Cork earlier in the day 3-14 to 2-13). Tyrone's Colm McCullagh was named the GAA Man of the match after setting up and indeed taking crucial scores at the right times.

In a thrilling All-Ireland Final Tyrone defeated Kerry 1-15 to 0-14 to win the Sam Maguire Cup for the third time. Sean Cavanagh was man of the match with a personal tally of 0-5 and Tommy McGuigan also weighed in with a crucial 1-1. This was though a success on team spirit and hard work.

A week later the Tyrone Minor team defeated Mayo 1-20 to 1-15 in a replay to win the Thomas Markham Cup. Thus Tyrone became the first county since Kerry in 1980 to win All-Ireland Senior and Minor titles in the same year, and the first Ulster county ever to achieve this landmark.

Honours



All Stars: 38 –1980: K. McCabe1984: E. McKenna, F. McGuigan1986: J. Lynch, P. Donaghy, E. McKenna, D. O’Hagan1989: E. McKenna1994: P. Canavan1995: F. Devlin, P. Canavan1996: F. McConnell, P. Canavan2001: S. O'Neill2002: P Canavan2003: C McAnallen, C Gormley, P Jordan, S Cavanagh, B Dooher, B McGuigan, P Canavan2004: Sean Cavanagh2005: R McMenamin, C Gormley, P Jordan, S Cavanagh, B Dooher, P Canavan, O Mulligan, S O'Neill2008: Conor Gormley, Justin McMahon, David Harte, Phillip Jordan, Enda McGinley, Brian Dooher, Sean Cavanagh

Player 1980 1984 1986 1989 1994 1995 1996 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2008
Kevin McCabe
Eugene McKenna
Frank McGuigan
John Lynch
Plunkett Donaghy
Damien O'Hagan
Peter Canavan
Fay Devlin
Finbar McConnell
Stephen O'Neill
Cormac McAnallen
Conor Gormley
Phillip Jordan
Sean Cavanagh
Brian Dooher
Brian McGuigan
Ryan McMenamin
Eoin Mulligan
Justin McMahon
Davy Harte
Enda McGinley


Hurling

Gerry Goodwin of Tyrone won the 1982 All-Ireland Poc Fada Championship.

Honours



References

  1. http://www.teamtalkmag.com/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=12&newsdesk_id=493
  2. Hoganstand.com - Profile


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