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Seán Boylan

Seán Boylan is a former football manager from Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland. He retired from his position as manager of the Meath GAA Senior Football team on the evening of 31 August 2005 after twenty-three years in charge. During his time with Meath, he managed the team to four All-Ireland Senior Football Championships (1987, 1988, 1996, 1999), three National Football League titles, and eight Leinster Senior Football Championships.

In recognition of his services to Meath GAA and his services to Meath as a county, Boylan was conferred as Freeman of the County of Meath - the first (and only) person ever to be bestowed with the title - on 23 April 2006. He was entered into the GAA Hall of Fame for his services to Meath football at a ceremony after Meath's Leinster Minor Football Championship victory over Offaly in Croke Park on 16 July 2006.

Family and background

Boylan's late father, also called Seán, was a leader of the Irish independence movement in the early twentieth century, being a prominent member of the IRA in Co. Meath during the Irish War of Independence.

Like another Meath football icon, Colm O'Rourke, Boylan has strong Leitrim connections as his late mother hailed from near the small village of Cloone near Mohill.

Managerial Roll of Honour with Meath

  • 1983 - O'Byrne Cup
  • 1984 - Centenary Cup
  • 1986 - Leinster SFC
  • 1987 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC
  • 1988 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC, NFL
  • 1990 - Leinster SFC, NFL
  • 1991 - Leinster SFC
  • 1994 - NFL
  • 1996 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC
  • 1999 - Leinster SFC, All-Ireland SFC
  • 2001 - Leinster SFC
  • 2006 - Leinster MFC

International rules football

Boylan coached the Ireland team against Australia in the 2006 International Rules Series in two games in Pearse Stadium, Salthill, Galway and Croke Park, Dublin in October 2006. Australia won the series by 30 points but the game was overshadowed by violent incidents in the first quarter of the second test match, including a serious injury sustained by Graham Geraghty. He

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