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Offaly GAA mourns the death of Sean Foran (Edenderry)

posted 10 Jul 2015, 02:52 by Offaly GAA   [ updated 10 Jul 2015, 05:41 ]

The death occurred yesterday (July 9th) of one of the greats of Offaly and Edenderry GAA... Sean Foran passed away just a few short months after the death of his Edenderry and Offaly colleague Mick Brady.   Sean first came to prominence as a minor and was a member of the Offaly Minor team that won the county’s first Leinster title in 1947.  It was no surprise, to football observers, when Sean made his senior debut for Offaly in the Championship of 1949, coming in as a substitute against Westmeath. 

 

He made his full debut the following spring when he lined out at right half forward against Roscommon in the league.  Two months later he filled the mid-field berth when Offaly lost to Kildare by a point in the 1950 Championship.  For the next 13 years Sean was a constant at mid-field for Offaly and in all played 82 League and Championship games, and in 76 of those Sean was the No1 choice at mid-field.  He was a member of the side that won the inaugural O’Byrne Cup in 1954 and later that year Captained Offaly when they contested the 1954 Leinster Senior final.  He went on to win Leinster medals in 1960-'61 as well as a Railway cup medal in the latter year. The injury which was to leave him on the subs bench in the 1961 All-Ireland final may well have cost Offaly the title.  Sean played his last game for Offaly when he lined out at mid-field against Louth in the National Football League on October 21st 1963.

 

Sean won Offaly Senior Football Championship medals with Edenderry in 1951, 53 & 57, captaining the side in 1957.  He also served as Chairman of Edenderry GAA club.

A man who made an outstanding contribution to Offaly football and GAA life in general, he was inducted into the Offaly GAA Hall of Fame in 2009. 

To his wife Gretta, son John, Daughters Mary and Noelle, his sister Mona and extended family, we extend our deepest sympathy.

 

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

 

Senior Football & Hurling teams to play Kildare and Clare this weekend

posted 2 Jul 2015, 11:45 by Offaly GAA

The Offaly Senior Football Team to play Kildare this Saturday 4th July in O'Connor Park, Tullamore @ 2pm is as follows:
1. Alan Mulhall
2. Brian Darby
3. Paul McConway (Capt)
4. Cian Donohue
5. Niall Darby
6. Johnny Moloney
7. Joseph O’Connor
8. Conor McNamee
9. Niall Smith
10. Peter Cunningham
11. Graham Guilfoyle
12. Anton Sullivan
13. Bernard Allen
14. Nigel Dunne
15. William Mulhall

The Offaly Senior Hurling Team to play Clare this Saturday 4th July in Cusack Park, Ennis @ 7pm is as follows:
1. James Dempsey
2. Niall Wynne
3. Dermot Shortt
4. David King
5. Eanna Murphy
6. Colin Egan
7. Pat Camon
8. Emmet Nolan
9. Sean Ryan
10. James Mulrooney
11. Dan Currams (Capt)
12. Paddy Murphy
13. Shane Dooley
14. Joe Bergin
15. Brian Carroll

Offaly U21 Hurling team to play Wexford

posted 23 Jun 2015, 07:22 by Offaly GAA   [ updated 23 Jun 2015, 07:30 ]

Offaly team to play Wexford in the semi-final of the Bord Gais Energy Leinster GAA U21 Hurling Championship in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Wednesday evening 24th June @ 7.30pm shows one change to the team that beat Westmeath in the quarter final. Cathal Mahon, Kilcormac/Killoughey lines out at No. 8 instead of Kevin Dunne, Seir Kieran who is unavailable.

1. Kevin O'Connor, Kinnitty

2. Darragh Corbett, Shannonbridge

3. Daniel Doughan, Shinrone

4. Paddy Rigney, Kinnitty

5. Ger Crowe, Tullamore

6. Conor Doughan (Capt), Shinrone

7. Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac/Killoughey

8. Cathal Mahon, Kilcormac/Killoughey

9. Padraig Guinan, Drumcullen

10. Matthew Maloney, St Rynaghs

11. Johnny O'Toole Greene, Shamrocks

12. Joe Maher, Belmont

13. Adrian Cleary, Shinrone

14. Emmet Nolan, Birr

15. Dylan Murray, Kilcormac/Killoughey

Offaly advance in football qualifiers

posted 20 Jun 2015, 13:20 by Offaly GAA

Offaly 1-20 Waterford 1-7

Offaly brought the curtain down on Waterford’s championship involvement with a hugely emphatic 13-point first round qualifier win.

The Faithful footballers were massively disappointed to let slip a sizeable advantage in their Leinster championship opener at home to Longford last month and Pat Flanagan’s men were rarely troubled in scoring their first win of the summer at Dungarvan this afternoon.

Seven points in a 13-minute spell midway through the second period was central to the outcome, Offaly moving seven clear - 0-17 to 1-7 - after Waterford had reduced the gap to a solitary point come half-time.

Nigel Dunne (0-4, 0-3 frees), Conor McNamee, Eoin Carroll, Peter Cunningham and Johnny Moloney all nailed the target to send Offaly out of sight.

A fine Graham Guilfoyle kick was sandwiched by two more from Dunne and the icing on the cake arrived on 66 minutes, Anton Sullivan’s long-range effort carried over the line by Waterford ‘keeper Sean Barron.

The visitors had returned to the dressing-room 0-9 to 1-5 in front and will have been scratching their heads as to how they didn't enjoy a far more substantial lead.

Offaly, through Guilfoyle, Joseph O’Connor, Dunne (0-2) and Anton Sullivan, raced five points clear after six minutes, Waterford struggling to break into the final third of the opposition half.

Graham Guilfoyle, Bernard Allen and Peter Cunningham all spurned glorious opportunities for Pat Flanagan’s side and Waterford eventually settled into proceedings, Craig Guiry and JJ Hutchinson kicking their opening two scores.

A fine Tommy Prendergast point on 27 minutes, Waterford’s first score in 19 minutes, reduced the deficit to five and they further ate into Offaly’s advantage when Joey Veale finished to the net on 33 minutes.

Points from Mark Ferncombe and Patrick Hurney followed to leave only the minimum between the teams at the break.

No closer would Waterford come, however.

Scorers for Offaly: N Dunne (0-8, 0-4 frees); A Sullivan (1-1); G Guilfoyle (0-3); B Allen (0-2); E Carroll, W Mulhall, C McNamee, P Cunningham, J O’Connor, J Moloney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: J Veale (1-1); M Ferncombe (0-2), JJ Hutchinson, P Hurney, T Prendergast, L Lawlor (0-1 each).

Offaly: A Mulhall; B Darby, P McConway, C Donohue; N Darby, J Moloney, J O’Connor; C McNamee, N Smith; P Cunningham, G Guilfoyle, A Sullivan; B Allen, N Dunne, W Mulhall.

Subs: for N Bracken for W Mulhall (HT, bc), E Carroll for B Allen (HT), J Evans for Guilfoyle (62), N Brady for B Darby (67), N Geraghty for Smith (67), P McPadden for Moloney (70).

Waterford: S Barron; D Crowley, P Crowley, T Ó hUallacháin; S Briggs, P Whyte, S Prendergast; T Prendergast, c Guiry; JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe, M O’Halloran; L Lawlor, J Veale, P Hurney.

Subs: D Guiry for Hutchinson (25 mins), L Ó Lonáin for O’Halloran (47), C O’Keeffe for Hurney (52), M Curry for Guiry (60), K Murphy for Prendergast (67), J Curry for Veale (67).

Referee: F Kelly (Longford).

Offaly Football Team to play Waterford

posted 18 Jun 2015, 11:58 by Offaly GAA

Pat Flanagan and his management team have kept faith with the same team that lost to Longford in the 1st Round of the Leinster Football Championship. Offaly play Waterford in Fraher Field, Dungarvan on Saturday at 2.00pm in the 1st Round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers.


The Offaly team will line out as follows: 


1. Alan Mulhall

2. Brian Darby

3. Paul McConway (Capt)

4. Daithi Brady

5. Niall Darby

6. Johnny Moloney

7. Joseph O’Connor

8. Graham Guilfoyle

9. Niall Smith

10. Eoin Carroll

11. Niall McNamee

12. Anton Sullivan

13. Bernard Allen

14. Nigel Dunne

15. William Mulhall

Offaly name four debutantes in starting team to play Laois this Sunday in the Leinster SHC.

posted 5 Jun 2015, 12:23 by Offaly GAA

Four players will make their championship debut when Offaly Senior Hurling team line out against Laois in the Leinster SHC in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise this Sunday. David King, Coolderry is named at corner back alongside full back Dermot Shortt, St. Rynaghs who also tastes his first Leinster championship action. The other championship newcomer in the defence is wing back Pat Camon, St. Rynaghs while Ballinamere's Paddy Murphy will start in the No. 10 jersey. The full team is:

  1. James Dempsey
  2. David King
  3. Dermot Shortt
  4. Niall Wynne
  5. Cathal Parlon
  6. Colin Egan
  7. Pat Camon
  8. Sean Ryan
  9. Emmet Nolan
  10. Paddy Murphy
  11. Dan Currams (Capt)
  12. Joe Bergin
  13. Shane Dooley
  14. James Mulrooney
  15. Brian Carroll

Offaly U21 Hurlers advance to Leinster Semi-final

posted 27 May 2015, 14:26 by Offaly GAA

Offaly 2-15 Westmeath 1-10

Offaly U21 hurlers qualified for a Leinster Semi-final meeting with Wexford when they defeated Westmeath by 8 points, in front of a crowd of 1,276 at O’Connor Pk, Tullamore tonight.  Westmeath, with wind advantage, got off to the perfect start after just 30 seconds, when Darragh Clinton’s speculative shot from 50 metres went all the way to the Offaly net.  Offaly, however, soon settled into the game and thanks to an Emmett Goal were right back in the game by the 10th minute.  Nolan and Adrian Cleary were causing the Westmeath defence untold trouble and by half time Offaly led by a single point 1-8 to 1-7.

On the resumption Offaly got off to the perfect start when in the 35th minute Adrian Cleary’s effort from 50 metres went all the way to the Westmeath net.  While play became a bit scrappy after that, Offaly never looked like losing.  Offaly were reduced to 14 men on 49 minutes when Conor Doughan received a second yellow card.  Five minutes later Westmeath’s Niall O’Brien received a straight red.  The pick of the second half scores was Cillian Kiely’s long range point from his own half.  Ciaran McDonald’s charges now play Wexford in O’Connor Pk on June 24th in the Leinster semi-final.  Offaly hit eight wides over the hour, while Westmeath hit ten.

Scorers:
Offaly: Dylan Murray 0-6 (all frees), Adrian Cleary 1-3, Emmet Nolan 1-2, Kevin Dunne 0-1, Cillian Kiely 0-1, Conor Doughan 0-1 (f), Kevin Dunne 0-1

Westmeath: Ciarán Doyle 0-5 (0-3f), Darragh Clinton 1-2 (0-1f), Niall O’Brien 0-2 (0-1f), Michael Daly 0-1

Offaly: Kevin O’Connor, Darragh Corbett, Cillian Kiely, Paddy Rigney, Ger Crowe, Conor Doughan, Dan Doughan, Kevin Dunne, Padraig Guinan, Matthew Maloney, Johnny O’Toole Greene, Joe Maher, Adrian Cleary, Emmet Nolan, Dylan Murray Subs: Conor Molloy for D Doughan, Andrew Connolly for Maher, Shane Guinan for O’Toole-Greene, Eoghan Cahill for Murray

Westmeath: Warren Casserly, Conor Shaw, Tommy Gallagher, Gary Greville, Mick Heeney, Liam Varley, Thomas Egan, Michael Daly, Robbie Greville, Ciarán Doyle, Darragh Clinton, Emmet Corrigan, Niall O’Brien, Niall Mitchell, Killian Doyle Subs: Liam Cassidy for Heeney, Frankie Deegan for C Doyle, Brendan Doyle for Mitchell

Ref:  Brian O’Leary (Wexford)

Results of the 2015 Offaly GAA Golf Classic

posted 26 May 2015, 05:41 by Offaly GAA

Results Offaly GAA Golf Classic held on the 21st and 22nd May in Esker Hills Golf Club.

1st - 100pts: Paschal Troy, Paddy Kirwan, Cathal Kirwan and PJ Lowry

2nd-  96pts: Liam Mooney, Brendan Scully, Brendan Minnock and John Cantwell (Shamrocks GAA)

3rd - 95pts: Pat Doyle, George Digan, John Kelly and Tom Wright ( Ferbane GAA)

4th - 93pts: Enda Mulhare, Willie Madden, John Craven and Pat Concannon (P.Horan)

5th - 93pts: Timmy Dooley, Damien Geoghegan, Shay Boland and Keith Barr

6th - 92pts: Roddy Molloy, Conor Slevin, Tom Daly and Joe Slevin (Kilcormac-Killoughey GAA)

7th - 92pts: Hugh Bolton, John McNally, Hugh Flanagan and Pat Lanigan

8th - 92pts: Ray Spain, Sean Aherne, Gerry Dwyer and Eileen Kinsella

9th- 92pts: Sean Doorley, Tony McCormack, Martin Cashin and Pat Cleary (Birr GAA)

10th - 92pts: Paul Stewart, Ger Hanley, Tommy Cushen and John Buckley ( Clara GAA)

11th - 91pts: Sean Guinan, Tim Guinan, Denis Guinan and Damien Guinan

Non GUI Prizewinners

1st - 87pts: David Coffey, Ray Scally, Sean Doorley and Tom Walsh

2nd - 86pts: Gerry Dempsey, Oliver Murphy, Christy Murphy and Michael Brereton

3rd - 85pts: Miley Nolan, Brian Guilfoyle, Ollie Nolan and Brendan Kennedy

4th - 84pts: Ken Kelleghan, Richard Dowling, Ollie Murphy and Christy Murphy

5th - 82pts: Niall McNamee, Damien Donegan, Johnny Hanratty and Oisin McConville

Nearest the Line 6th Hole: Dan Cunningham ( on the line)

Nearest Pin 5th Hole: Dermot Byrne 17”

Nearest Pin 9th Hole: Kevin McNamara 22”

Nearest Pin 13th Hole: Niall Curry 49”

Nearest Pin 15th Hole: Martin Cashin 44”

Best Score GAA Club: Shamrocks win set of club Jerseys

Draw for GAA Clubs: Daingean win set of 25 club Jerseys

Offaly County Board would like to thank all players and sponsors for their support.

Offaly U21 Hurling team to play Westmeath

posted 25 May 2015, 09:07 by Offaly GAA

Offaly team to play Westmeath in the Bord Gais Energy Leinster GAA U21 Hurling Championship in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Wednesday evening 27th May @ 7.30pm

1. Kevin O'Connor, Kinnitty

2. Darragh Corbett, Belmont

3. Daniel Doughan, Shinrone

4. Paddy Rigney, Kinnitty

5. Ger Crowe, Tullamore

6. Conor Doughan (Capt), Shinrone

7. Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac/Killoughey

8. Kevin Dunne, Seir Kieran

9. Padraig Guinan, Drumcullen

10. Matthew Maloney, St Rynaghs

11. Johnny O'Toole Greene, Shamrocks

12. Joe Maher, Belmont

13. Adrian Cleary, Shinrone

14. Emmet Nolan, Birr

15. Dylan Murray, Kilcormac/Killoughey

Offaly Football Team to play Longford

posted 14 May 2015, 07:11 by Offaly GAA

Pat Flanagan and his management team have kept faith with the same team that defeated Longford in the Allianz NFL Div. 4 final.

The Offaly team will line out as follows: 

1. Alan Mulhall

2. Brian Darby

3. Paul McConway (Capt)

4. Daithi Brady

5. Niall Darby

6. Johnny Moloney

7. Joseph O’Connor

8. Graham Guilfoyle

9. Niall Smith

10. Eoin Carroll

11. Niall McNamee

12. Anton Sullivan

13. Bernard Allen

14. Nigel Dunne

15. William Mulhall

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