The following is a list of All Ireland Senior Hurling and Football Championship winning managers. The team manager or coach only came into widespread use in the 1970s. Up until then hurling and football teams were usually run by selection panels, sometimes they contained up to ten members resulting in self interest coming to the fore more often than not. All this changed with the appointment of a strong manager surrounded by a small group of selectors and backroom team.
Over the last fifty years since 1970 Brian Cody of Kilkenny leads the way in terms of All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship wins. He has guided his native county to eleven championship titles in fifteen years, 2000 to 2015. This culminated in the capturing of a famous four-in-a-row between 2006 and 2009. This feat has only been equalised once before when Cork won four-in-a-row from 1941 to 1944 but this was in a time when selection panels rather than individual managers looked after teams making Cody’s feat unequalled in the modern era. Offaly is the only county that has won all of its four All Ireland hurling titles under the management of a non-native, in 1981 and 1985 Dermot Healy, a native of Kilkenny, became the first outsider manager to guide them to two All Ireland titles. In 1994 Eamon Cregan steered the Offaly boys to victory over his native Limerick in the All Ireland Final. A few years later in 1998 Michael Bond from Galway took over from Michael. Babs Keating, another non-native guided Offaly to their fourth and last All Ireland Championship win with a 2-16 to 1-13 victory over Kilkenny.
List of All Ireland Hurling winning Managers 1970 to 2020
1970 Fr. Bertie Troy, Cork
1971 Donie Nealon, Tipperary
1972 Fr. Tommy Maher, Kilkenny
1973 Mickie Cregan, Limerick
1974 Fr. Tommy Maher, Kilkenny
1975 Fr. Tommy Maher, Kilkenny
1976 Fr. Bertie Troy/Tom Neville, Cork
1977 Fr. Bertie Troy, Cork
1978 Fr. Bertie Troy, Cork
1979 Pat Henderson/Eddie Koher, Kilkenny
1980 Cyril Farrell, Galway
1981 Dermot Healy, Offaly
1982 Pat Henderson, Kilkenny
1983 Pat Henderson (2), Kilkenny
1984 Fr Michael O’Brien/Justin McCarthy, Cork
1985 Dermot Healy, Offaly
1986 Johnny Clifford, Cork
1987 Cyril Farrell (2), Galway
1988 Cyril Farrell (3), Galway
1989 Michael ‘Babs’ Keating, Tipperary
1990 Fr. Michael O’Brien (2), Cork
1991 Michael ‘Babs’ Keating (2), Tipperary
1992 Ollie Walsh, Kilkenny
1993 Ollie Walsh (2), Kilkenny
1994 Éamonn Cregan, Limerick
1995 Ger Loughnane, Clare
1996 Liam Griffin, Wexford
1997 Ger Loughnane (2), Clare
1998 Michael Bond, Offaly
1999 Jimmy Barry-Murphy, Cork
2000 Brian Cody, Kilkenny
2001 Nicky English, Tipperary
2002 Brian Cody (2) Kilkenny]
2003 Brian Cody (3) Kilkenny
2004 Dónal O’Grady Cork
2005 John Allen Cork
2006 Brian Cody (4), Kilkenny
2007 Brian Cody (5), Kilkenny
2008 Brian Cody (6), Kilkenny
2009 Brian Cody (7), Kilkenny
2010 Liam Sheedy, Tipperary
2011 Brian Cody (8), Kilkenny
2012 Brian Cody (9), Kilkenny
2013 Davy Fitzgerald, Clare
2014 Brian Cody (10), Kilkenny
2015 Brian Cody (11), Kilkenny
2016 Michael Ryan, Tipperary
2017 Micheál Donoghue, Galway
2018 John Kiely, Limerick
2019 Liam Sheehy, Tipperary
2020, John Kiely, Limerick
Football Managers
Over the last fifty years since 1970, Micko Dwyer of Kerry lead the way in terms of All-Ireland senior football championship wins. He has guided his native county to eight championships titles in twelve years 1975 to 1986. This culminated in the capturing of a famous four-in-a-row between Jim Gavin since he was appointed Dublin senior football manager on1st October 2012, has led his native county through a period of unprecedented provincial and national dominance winning 17 major honours between 2013 and 2019. Many of the trophies he has accumulated as manager has been won in successive seasons. These include four successive national leagues, seven successive Leinster championships and a record breaking five successive All-Ireland championship 2015 to 2020 (these include four
league championship doubles) in addition Gavin has won a further All-Ireland title in 2013, one national league and one O’Byrne Cup as Dublin senior football manager.
List of All-Ireland Football winning managers 1970 to 2020
1970 Jackie Lyne, Kerry
1971 Fr. Tom Gilhooley/Alo Kelly, Offaly
1972 Fr. Tom Gilhooley/Alo Kelly, Offaly
1973 Donie O’Donovan, Cork
1974 Kevin Heffernan, Dublin
1975 Mick O’Dwyer, Kerry
1976 Kevin Heffernan, Dublin
1977 Tony Honohoe, player/manager/captain, Dublin
1978 Mick O’Dwyer, Kerry
1979 Mick O’Dwyer, Kerry
1980 Mick O’Dwyer, Kerry
1981 Mick O’Dwyer (5), Kerry
1982 Eugene McGee Offaly
1983 Kevin Heffernan (3), Dublin
1984 Mick O’Dwyer (6), Kerry
1985 Mick O’Dwyer (7), Kerry
1986 Mick O’Dwyer (8), Kerry
1987 Seán Boylan, Meath
1988 Seán Boylan (2), Meath
1989 Billy Morgan, Cork
1990 Billy Morgan (2), Cork
1991 Pete McGrath, Down
1992 Brian McEniff, Donegal
1993 Eamonn Coleman, Derry
1994 Pete McGrath (2), Down
1995 Pat O’Neill, Dublin
1996 Seán Boylan (3), Meath
1997 Páidí Ó Sé, Kerry
1998 John O’Mahony, Galway
1999 Seán Boylan (4), Meath
2000 Páidí Ó Sé (2), Kerry
2001 John O’Mahony (2), Galway
2002 Joe Kernan, Armagh
2003 Mickey Harte, Tyrone
2004 Jack O’Connor, Kerry
2005 Mickey Harte (2), Tyrone
2006 Jack O’Connor (2), Kerry
2007 Pat O’Shea, Kerry
2008 Mickey Harte (3), Tyrone
2009 Jack O’Connor (3), Kerry
2010 Conor Counihan, Cork
2011 Pat Gilroy, Dublin
2012 Jim McGuinness, Donegal
2013 Jim Gavin, Dublin
2014 Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Kerry
2015 Jim Gavin (2), Dublin
2016 Jim Gavin (3), Dublin
2017 Jim Gavin (4), Dublin
2018 Jim Gavin (5), Dublin
2019 Jim Gavin (6), Dublin
2020 Dessie Farrell, Dublin
To mark Limerick’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final win over gallant Waterford, West Board PRO Johnny Walsh of Mountcollins recorded a song called, ‘The Mighty Men from the Shannonside’. All proceeds go to Milford Hospice. Copies available from Homestore, Tournafulla, Buckley’s, Devon Road and Templeglantine.
The Granagh/Ballingarry Covid 19 volunteer group would like to remind parishioners that our delivery service is still up and running. Elderly, vulnerable or anyone who cannot leave their homes to get groceries or medication can ring O’Grady’s, O’Gorman’s, Snow’s, and O’Riordan’s Pharmacy. You can give them your order and pay them over the phone or on your account. They will contact a member of our delivery team to drop to your door. We ask you to please avail of this service as we all want to work together to keep our community safe.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club membership fees for 2021 are now due and are 40 for adult players (€120 with club draw), €20 for students and nonplayers €15 for Bord na nÓg (€120 per family). Non players who pay €100 club draw fee in full will automatically become members for 2021. Fees should be paid on or before 31st March to club registrar John Carroll or any club official. To train or play for the club you have to be insured. If you have not yet registered we ask you to do so. It is generally felt by club officers that any member or player should feel obliged to get their membership paid as soon as possible and we must reiterate that people who have not paid will not be covered by insurance or entitled to any privileges whatsoever from our club.
The January Club Limerick Draw for 2020/21 will take place on Saturday 30th January. The club had five winners to date: Denis Noonan €1,000 in November, Noel Lynch €500 in October, Ann Cullane €100 in October, Redmond Shine €100 in June and Michael Byrnes December exclusive prize winner which is €100 voucher for a meal, €100 voucher for Limerick Greyhound Stadium, €150 voucher Scanlon’s Menswear, €100 voucher Marie Keating, Photographer and complimentary membership for two people for 2021 Club
Limerick Draw. If you would like to renew or update your membership for 2021 please follow the link and select Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club and the number of draws that you wish to sign up for (note one draw remaining for 2020 with a star prize of €500).
Granagh/Ballingarry are once more promoting the Limerick County Club draw for 2021. There will be monthly draws from March to December with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prizes to be won: 2nd €3,000, 3rd €200, 4th €1000, 5th to 9th €500, 10th to 13th €250, 14th to 40th €100. There will again be exclusive monthly prizes to be won. Entry to the draw is just €10 a month or €100 for the ten draws with the option to join our own ten month draw and county clubs draw for €150. Anyone wishing to join as a new member for 2021 should contact Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club draw coordinator Stephen Stapleton on 0861960301 as soon as possible.
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The County CCC has informed clubs of the following decision with regard to the running of the remaining 2020 hurling and football county championships:
U21 Premier A and B and 13-a-side football championship, abandoned.
Minor premier and A football championship finals will be played at the next available date.
County Junior A Hurling Championship semi finals and final will be played at the next available date.
County and Divisional Junior B Hurling and Football Championship will be played at the next available date (county only go ahead if time permits)
Clubs will be afforded sufficient lead time to train prior to the commencement of their respective championships.
2021 Competitions
The 2021 County U12 Premier A and B and 13-a-side hurling and football championships will take place in the autumn.
The County U19 Premier A and B and 13-a-side hurling and football championships will replace the minor hurling and football championships will be played on Friday evenings and Sundays.
County hurling and football leagues to commence in April, depending on Covid restrictions.
All collective club training for all adult and underage hurling and football teams is suspended until further notice and any breach of this regulation will be dealt with as per appropriate rule.
The age grade for underage hurling and football teams will change for 2021 in line with national policy. The age grades will move to uneven numbers (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17). The fixtures at club level will be co-ordinated by the following committees:
Coaching and Games: U7, U9, U11.
County Bord na nÓg U13, U15, U17.
County Senior Board: U19, U21, Junior A, intermediate and senior.
Divisional Boards Junior B
Formats, dates, etc will be circulated to clubs at the end of January.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club will hold their first special general meeting of 2021 on Friday 29th January or Friday 5th February at 8.15pm in the clubhouse, Ballingarry or virtually through the Microsoft teams.
Iain Corbett for 2020 Football All Star Award
Congratulations to Iain Corbett on being nominated for the 2020 All Star Award. This is a great honour for Iain, his family and Newcastlewest GAA Club. Iain’s eye-catching exploits for Limerick winning Division 4 of the National League/McGrath and was most unlucky to go under to eventual winners Tipperary by a point in the Minstger Championship semi final in 2020
is honoured with an inclusion among the eighteen top defenders which is a first nomination for the Treaty footballers since John Galvin in 2010.
Congratulations and best wishes to the fourteen Limerick players shortlisted for 2020 hurling all-stars: Nicky Quaid, Effin; Seán Finn, Bruff; Dan Morrissey, Ahane; Barry Nash, South Liberties; Diarmuid Byrnes, Patrickswell; Declan Hannon, Adare; Kyle Hayes. Cian Lynch, Patrickswell; William O’Donoghue, Na Piarsaigh; Gearóid Hegarty, St. Patrick’s, Tom Morrissey, Ahane; Aaron Gillane, Patrickswell; Seamus Flanagan, Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Graeme Mulcahy, Kilmallock.
Gearóid Hegarty of St. Patrick’s is also short listed for Hurler of the Year along with Tony Kelly of Clare and Stephen Bennett of Waterford.
There was no winner of the €11,400 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club lottery on Saturday 16th January. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 17 and 30. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Sarah Alymer, O’Grady’s Shop promoter; Bridget and Mike O’Carroll, Pat Carroll promoter; John and Lilly Hanley, Jimmy Chawke promoter; James O’Connor, Mike Healy promoter. The next draw will be held on Saturday 23rd January for a jackpot of €11,500. Tickets are€ 2 each or three for 5 and are on sale in local shops.
Granagh/Ballingarry club officials, players and members extend sympathy to former club player Michael Walsh and his sons Oisin and Ciaran on the death of Lorainne Cliffe Walsh, Shannonmore Park, Clareview Limerick and Dungarvan, Waterford.
Ar dheis Dé to raibh a hanam.
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