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Tyrone GAA

Tyrone GAA
Irish: Tír Eoghain
Province: Ulster
Nickname(s): The O'Neill County
The Red hands
County colours:          
Ground(s): Healy Park, Omagh
Dominant sport: Gaelic football
NFL: Division 1
NHL: Division 3B
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Nicky Rackard Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: Nancy Murray Cup
Standard kit
Regular kit
Change kit

The Tyrone County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Tír Eoghain), or Tyrone GAA, is one of the 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland. It is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tyrone and for the Tyrone inter-county teams.


  • Gaelic football 1
    • History 1.1
  • Current football squad 2
    • Honours 2.1
    • All Stars 2.2
  • Hurling 3
    • Honours 3.1
  • Camogie 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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 2010, that was their thirteenth. They have also won two National Leagues, in 2002, and 2003.

Healy Park in Omagh is the home grounds of Tyrone GAA

Tyrone exited the 2006 Football Championship after a poor display against Laois, on a wet Saturday night in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.[1] 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. After two wins in the Football Qualifiers against Louth at Drogheda and Westmeath at Healy Park in Omagh respectively, they faced Mayo in Round 3 on Saturday 2 August in Croke Park for a place in the quarter finals of the Championship. 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 Dublin. 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 commanding 1-5 to 0-2 lead, a mix up in the Tyrone full back line lead to a soft Connall Keaney goal however Dublin's 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, and 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 an 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 21 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. Since then, Tyrone have gone downhill a lot, and were defeated in Killarney by Kerry in the 2012 All Ireland Championship.

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.

A house in Strabane showing support before 2008 All-Ireland final. Tyrone has a large support around the county.

Current football squad

No. Player Position Club
1 Niall Morgan Goalkeeper Edendork
2 Aidan McCrory Right Corner Back Errigal Ciarán
3 Ronan McNamee Full Back Aghyaran
4 Rory Brennan Left Corner Back Trillick
5 Ronan McNabb Right Half Back Dromore
6 Joe McMahon Centre Half Back Omagh
7 Peter Harte Left Half Back Errigal Ciarán
8 Colm Cavanagh Midfield Moy
9 Mattie Donnelly Midfield Trillick
10 Tiernan McCann Right Half Forward Killyclogher
11 Mark Bradley Centre Forward Killyclogher
12 Conor Meyler Left Half Forward Omagh
13 Darren McCurry Right Corner Forward Edendork
14 Seán Cavanagh (c) Full Forward Moy
15 Conor McAliskey Left Corner Forward Clonoe
No. Player Position Club
16 Michael O'Neill Substitute Clonoe
17 Conor Clarke Substitute Omagh
18 Richie Donnelly Substitute Trillick
19 Peter Hughes Substitute Eskra
20 Danny McBride Substitute Strabane
21 Conall McCann Substitute Killyclogher
22 Justin McMahon Substitute Omagh
23 Pádraig McNulty Substitute Dungannon
24 Cathal McShane Substitute Owen Roe O'Neill's
25 Ronan O'Neill Substitute Omagh
26 Barry Tierney Substitute Omagh

Squad as per Tyrone v Sligo, 2015 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier, 1 August 2015


All Stars

Tyrone have 40 All Stars.

Player 1980 1984 1986 1989 1994 1995 1996 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2008 2009 2010 2013
Kevin McCabe Y
Eugene McKenna Y Y Y
Frank McGuigan Y
John Lynch Y
Plunkett Donaghy Y
Damien O'Hagan Y
Peter Canavan Y Y Y Y Y Y
Fay Devlin Y
Finbar McConnell Y
Stephen O'Neill Y Y Y
Cormac McAnallen Y
Conor Gormley Y Y Y
Philip Jordan Y Y Y Y
Sean Cavanagh Y Y Y Y Y
Brian Dooher Y Y Y
Brian McGuigan Y
Ryan McMenamin Y
Eoin Mulligan Y
Justin McMahon Y
Davy Harte Y
Enda McGinley Y


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



High point of the Tyrone camogie story was the run of Eglish to the 1991 All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship final. Led by the Jordan sisters they pulled off two of the shocks of the century in defeating Loughgiel in the Ulster final by 3-7 to 2-4 and then defeating Celtic of Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final, but lost the final heavily against Mullagh from Galway

Tyrone qualified for the All Ireland junior final of 1980 against Cork, defeating Armagh, Antrim and Louth in their path to the final. Ursula Jordan was the outstanding player of the era and in the history of camogie in the county, and was selected for Ulster’s Gael Linn Cup inter-provincial team. Ann Jordan, Sheila Burke and Paula Vallely were other notable players from the 1980s. Vera Campbell refereed the All Ireland senior finals of 1939, 1940 and 1943.

Tyrone won the Máire Ní Chinnéide Cup in 2008[4] and the fourth division of the National Camogie League in 2010.[5]

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[6] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[7]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "First senior triumph for Tyrone", Cork Examiner, 07/05/1973
  3. ^ - Profile
  4. ^ 2008 Jun B Tyrone 4-11 Wicklow 0-3 on
  5. ^ 2010 Div 4 Tyrone 3-12 Westmeath 1-9 report in Westmeath Examiner
  6. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  7. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site

External links

  • The Tyrone Gaelic games magazine
  • Tyrone on
  • National and provincial titles won by Tyrone teams
  • Club championship winners
  • Tyrone GAA site
  • Red Hands
  • An Caisleán Glas CLG - First Club in Tyrone to win an All-Ireland Club medal
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